DAR promotes Constitution Week

DAR, front row: Colleen Stotler, Chapter Chaplain, Gail Potter, Chapter Regent, Marian Park, Chapter member, and Alice Lantz, prospective member and photographer (not pictured). Back row: Council Members – Elizabeth Skinner, Tom Hall, Greg Schene, Scott Merki – Mayor, Susan Webster – Recorder and Chapter member, Mary Lynn Hickey and Rebecca McCleod.

Ye Towne of Bath Chapter National Society of Daughters of American Revolution met before the Town Council of Berkeley Springs Tuesday, September 5. September 17, 2023, marks the 236 anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. Mayor Scott Merki and Council Members authorized recognition of this most important manuscript by designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution.

The DAR managed the way to proclaiming the annual commemoration and promotes the celebration in communities across the country by supporting municipal proclamations, ringing bells, displaying community information on displays, and providing programs to raise consciousness. Join by ushering in the week with the ringing of bells on September 17 at 4 p.m., the official time of the signing of the Constitution. Meet the ladies of Ye Towne of Bath Chapter in town by the courthouse as they ring bells to keep the memory of the men and women who fought for our nation’s liberties alive.

The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, is open to any woman who is at least 18

years of age and can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Contact Registrar Debbie Popenoe, 703-201-3151, or Gail Potter, Regent 717-294-6124 to discuss membership in the chapter.

“Constitution Week Daughters of the American Revolution.”