Isaac Hull Chapter, NSDAR promotes Constitution Week

September 11, 2020

Proclamation Designates September 17-24 as Constitution Week

Several members of the Isaac Hull Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution went to City Hall on Monday, August 17 to get a proclamation signed by Salem Mayor Sue Morgan. The proclamation designates September 17-24 as Constitution Week. The number of members attending was limited, due to state and City Hall guidelines, all masked and socially distant.

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, freedoms and inalienable rights.

This 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 public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The DAR has also erected a structure that is built in tribute to the Constitution of the United States. DAR Constitution Hall, which is a performing arts center, opened in 1929.

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 our way of life.
· Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

“We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this powerful document, which has enabled our democracy within a republic for more than two centuries. We hope that all Americans will learn more about the Constitution and its immense impact on our nation,” shares DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren.

The Isaac Hull Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. If you are interested in learning more about DAR, please contact Karen Short at or 918-9820.

(Proclamation Text)

WHEREAS: September 17, 2020, marks the two hundred and thirty-third anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and

WHEREAS: It is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary; and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and

WHEREAS: Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, Sue Morgan, 55thMayor of the City of Salem, Illinois do hereby proclaim the week of September 17 – 23, 2020 as “CONSTITUTION WEEK.” in Salem, Illinois, and hereby ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Salem, Illinois to be affixed in the City of Salem, seventeenth day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty and one hundred and ninety-seventh year since the founding of Salem, Seat of Marion County, Illinois.

Pictured are Mayor Sue Morgan (center, seated); back row (L to R): Laura Wood, Jeanette Nix, Karen Short, Julie Barnes, Joyce Vieira, and Carol Wood.