Wednesday, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people.
This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.
"Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties," DAR President General Linda Gist Calvin said. "We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom."
DAR has served America for 118 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries.
The DAR long has promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call 202-628-1776.
CrimeStoppers seeking info on armed robbery
A suspect thought to be male robbed the Loaf-N-Jug convenience store, 2441 W. Victory Way, at gunpoint about midnight Thursday, the Craig Police Department reported. The suspect, who was wearing a mask with a hooded sweatshirt, demanded money from the night clerk and left with an undisclosed amount.
Anyone with information about the crime that leads to the apprehension and prosecution of those involved is to call CrimeStoppers at 824-3535. Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.
Inaugural Gala takes place Sept. 6
Marlin Briscoe, former Denver Bronco and the NFL's first African-American quarterback is scheduled to speak at the Moffat County High School inaugural Gala at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the ice rink at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event is a fundraiser for multiple MCHS clubs and will feature an auction with donations from local businesses and will include autographed items from Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson, Olympic Champion Mark Spitz and players from the Baltimore Orioles and the Denver Outlaws.
Proceeds for the gala will benefit multiple MCHS clubs and organizations.
Tickets cost $40 a person and can be purchased at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. or at Moffat County High School, Room 102.