To the Editor:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Written 226 years ago, these words are the Preamble to our Constitution. Most of us memorized these words as elementary students but did we really think about what it meant to us personally?
Sept. 17 to 23 is Constitution Week and celebrates the signing of this important document. The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
As a member of the Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Killeen, each year we celebrate this week by asking the mayor to sign and present a Constitution Week Proclamation, having a special guest speaker at our chapter meeting, and distributing Constitution posters to our local libraries.
Growing up in the Midwest, history was not my strong suit. However, four years ago, when my brother found my late mother’s unsent DAR application, I met women who helped me reconnect with my country’s history.
Living in a town with such a huge military presence also provided impetus in appreciating the “blessings of liberty” especially when one of my brothers decided to serve his country later in life. I feel honored to be an American whose Constitution has endured longer than any other.
DAR President General Lynn Forney Young said it best: “Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document, which is the safeguard of our American liberties. We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America!”
For more information about DAR, its programs and Constitution materials, visit www.dar.org .