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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 4:30 am

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 .

Gail Prestigiacomo

Killeen

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2 comments:

  • Diana16 posted at 8:12 am on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

    Diana16 Posts: 14

    I encourage people to not only celebrate constitution week but to actually read it. It's annoying when people run around- particularly in letters to the editor- and misquote our constitution. I think people will be surprised with what it actually says and doesn't say.

     
  • Eliza posted at 6:07 am on Sun, Sep 15, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 646

    King George is suppose to have made the remark to his top military;
    There's a bunch of guys in the colony's who are wanting to cause some trouble. Or words to that effect.

    But if our citizens would read through the Decoration of Independence, sent to the King before he made the remark, they would realize ,the colonist had every right to demand a new form of just treatment from his Majesty.
    (Its amazing that what was accused against the king at that time is near similar to what is being done to the people today)

    The men of the day who wrote our Constitution and who staked their lives on what could happen to them if they failed in their quest to form a more perfect union, were not highly educated as we would think today, None had been to Harvard, none had even been to UCLA.

    But they did have it in their hearts, and souls, to know right from wrong. And were willing to fight for what was right, not just for themselves, but for all the people who would come after them to this wonderful place called America.

    For this alone and to show respect for these brave people, All should read their Decoration and the Constitution to find out how and why the men came to the thoughts they placed on some of the most magnificent pieces of paper the world has known.
    No one else has a Constitution like the Americans have, We must guard it and be willing to fight again for it possibly.