Mayor Todd Harrelson signed a Proclamation on Tuesday, Sept. 3, declaring publicly the week of Sept. 15-21 as Constitution Week.
America’s Founding Fathers signed the most infamous document in American history on Sept. 17, 1787. The document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms, fundamental laws and guaranteed certain basic rights for citizens of the United States of America. The Constitution begins with “We the People”.
The first 10 amendments were soon passed and are known collectively as the Bill of Rights. Another cluster of amendments was passed following the Civil War and sought to protect the rights of the newly freed slaves.
The United States Constitution now has 25 functioning amendments. There have been 27 ratified in total.
The proclamation was presented to Alice Marlowe of the Peter Horry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to promote the study and education of the United States Constitution.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States efforts towards independence. To become a member a woman must be 18 years or older and provide lineal and bloodline descent of an ancestor who aided in achieving independence is eligible to join DAR.
Documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death as well as Revolutionary War service of a patriot ancestor must be presented to become a member. DAR, a non-profit group, promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism. The purpose for the proclaimed week is to promote study and education of the United States Constitution. Take the time to research the documentation online or at the public library each year during the week set to initiate interest in the American history.