In Praise of the U.S. Constitution
Brunswick Town Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution observes Constitution Week.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) observes Constitution Week nationwide from September 17 to 23, and the Brunswick Town Chapter, led by Constitution Committee chairs Pat Tucker and Carol Hart, was no exception.
Observed annually since NSDAR petitioned Congress with a resolution in 1955, the week includes targeted study in fifth grade classrooms as well as the Ringing of the Bells across America at 4 pm on September 17.
Chapters nationwide coordinate and encourage ringing of bells at churches, schools, courthouses, fire houses and homes to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life. Brunswick Town Chapter also created displays at Rourk Library in Shallotte and Harper Library in Southport.
From NSDAR, here are just a few facts about the writing of the U.S. Constitution:
It was written in the Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Army. It is now called Independence Hall.
Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17, but wasn’t ratified by the necessary nine states until 1788.
Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented. Two of America’s Founding Father’s didn’t sign: Thomas Jefferson, ambassador to France, and John Adams, ambassador to Great Britain.
The first national Thanksgiving Day was created by George Washington on November 26, 1789, as a way of giving thanks for the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest of all the written constitutions.
Ben Franklin (89) was the oldest delegate. Jonathon Dayton (26) was the youngest.