DAR Constitution Week winning poster

October 1, 2019

By Tina Suarez

This year’s National DAR Constitution Week poster contest winner was Rusty Watson of Mt. Vernon, IL. Rusty says that this has been such an honor for her.

She explains how she began the process of completing her award winning poster.

The first flags adopted by our colonial forebears were symbolic of their struggles with the wilderness of the new land. Beavers, pine trees, rattlesnakes, anchors and various other insignia were affixed to different banners with mottos such as “Hope,” “Liberty,” “Appeal to Heaven,” or “Don’t Tread on Me.”

In Rusty’s artistic composition she only included a few flags used during our struggle for independence.

The origin of the Slogan “Don’t Tread On Me” pertains to the snake’s deadly strike and the idea that it was best to leave them alone. The snake on the flag is also roughly arranged in the shape of the American Colonies.
Still another was a white flag with a green pine tree and the inscription, “An Appeal to Heaven.”

The first flag of the colonists to have resemblance to the present Stars and Stripes was the Grand Union Flag, sometimes referred to as the Congress Colors, the First Navy Ensign and the Cambridge Flag.

The last flag depicted on her poster was the official flag of our country from 1795 to 1818, and was prominent in many historic events. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Congratulations to Rusty Watson.

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedom and inalienable rights.

The celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 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 law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to: Emphasize citizens responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for the way of life; encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.

It is never too early to begin planning for next year by encouraging young people to sign the Constitution Week Proclamation Pledge and to ask your local community official to issue a proclamation about the Constitution Week.

Pictured: Rusty Watson’s winning poster