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Constitution Week
September 17, 2012 - September 23, 2012
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This weeklong national celebration and 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 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 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 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 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.
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