WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor this foundational document of national governance.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955 when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 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.

“We are so proud DAR led the way in making Constitution Week an official commemoration and our members enthusiastically promote the celebration annually in communities across the country by erecting community displays, sponsoring municipal proclamations, ringing bells, and staging programs to raise awareness of the Constitution’s tenets and importance,” said DAR President General Pamela Rouse Wright. “We encourage all citizens to join us in celebrating this powerful document that is so important to American history and to reflect on the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion, and celebration of Constitution Week. The annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society. By fostering knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s foundational liberties.

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and in several foreign countries. DAR members promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and its relevant mission, visit www.dar.org.

On Jan. 17,  1898, twelve local women came together in Rockland, Maine, to form the Lady Knox Chapter NSDAR. The chapter was named for Lucy Flucker Knox, wife of Major General and first Secretary of War, Henry Knox. Today’s Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR members are a diverse group of women. We are professionals, paraprofessionals, artists, poets, homemakers, and retirees of differing ages and backgrounds. We invite and welcome folks to attend any Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR meetings, or events, meet our Daughters, and explore what we do. Monthly meetings include a social period, a business session, and a program.

We welcome your inquiries and hope you’ll navigate our website https://www.mainedar.org/ladyknox/ to learn more about the Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR. For more information on the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR, please contact our Chapter Regent, Joanne Richards, at joanneleerichards@gmail.com or 207-354-5197.