Members of Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will celebrate Constitution Week Thursday, Sept. 17, through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
“Sept. 17, 2020, marks the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution,” said Kimberly Jones of Vilonia, regent, Cadron Post Chapter. “NSDAR began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution many years ago.
“In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week,” Jones said. “The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“The commitment of the NSDAR is to encourage study and educate the public about the Constitution, which was adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787,” she said.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a proclamation proclaiming Sept. 17 though 23 as “Constitution Week across the State of Arkansas.”
“Our celebration in Faulkner County is a little different from those in past years due to the pandemic,” Jones said.
“We are not able display materials at our public libraries because they are closed,” she said. “And we are not able to have a display set up at the Faulkner County Fair because it has been canceled.
“So this year, we have leased a public billboard on U.S. Highway 65 near Springhill to bring attention to DAR and specifically, Constitution Week.
“Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker has signed a proclamation, which has been shared on social media,” she said, adding the mayor of Vilonia also issued a proclamation at a recent city council meeting. “We hope to have similar proclamations from the other cities and towns in the county as well.
“We also have members taking Constitution Week ‘goody bags’ to schools in Conway, Mount Vernon and Vilonia,” Jones said.
Jones said the commitment of the NSDAR is to encourage study and educate the public about the Constitution, which was adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787.
Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has approximately 3,000 chapters, including 40 in Arkansas. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and educational activities for children, citizenship programs, services to veterans and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs, visit the website www.dar.org.