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Constitution Week celebrations continue in Craig

CRAIG — School children learned more about colonial times during Constitution Week, celebrated Sept. 17 through 23.

“The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms. and inalienable rights,” according to the Daughters of the American Revolution, who petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside Sept. 17 through 23 annually for the observance of Constitution Week.

The resolution was adopted and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956.

Local festivities began at noon Monday, as school children and teachers from Moffat County Christian Academy joined members of the Augusta Walihan Chapter of DAR in ringing bells at the corner of Victory Way and Yampa Avenue.

DAR members organized displays and posters across town, proclamations by local government, and about 16 school programs to educate, inform, and celebrate.

On Thursday, DAR constitution committee chairperson Debbie McClain brought history to life for fourth-grade students at Ridgeview Elementary School when she arrived dressed in the garb of a colonial gentleman. She carried parchment and a quill pen to show students what it would have been like to write America’s most important document.

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Teacher Lori Stammler said her students were “elated, mesmerized and enchanted” by the presentation.

As Constitution Week continues, McClain hopes DAR activities will remind all Americans of their responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, the basis for America’s heritage and the foundation for America’s way of life.