As bells rang from churches throughout Clinton Thursday, a group of citizens gathered at the steps of the courthouse to celebrate the foundation of the nation’s heritage. On this day, 228 years ago, the United States Constitution was signed to become the supreme law of the land.
The Richard Clinton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) hosted Bells Across America, to celebrate the beginning of Constitution Week, which is set for Sept. 17 through Sept. 23. During the event, Joan Carr, regent of the local chapter, stressed the importance of the observance.
“The aims of this celebration are to emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the constitution; preserving it for prosperity; informing the people that the constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage,” Carr stated.
Carr also included that the constitution is the foundation for the American way of life and encouraged the study of historical events which led to the naming of the Constitution in September of 1787.
The celebration began with an invocation Dr. James Moran from Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church. Moran was introduced by Carr as a direct descendant of Patrick Henry, a leader in the American Revolution and famous orator who spoke out against the British ruling over people in the colonies. After Carr’s remarks about the history and foundation of the celebration, Dan Holland read from the United States Constitution, which begins with “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union …”
The Constitution readings throughout the United States began in the mid-1950s D.A.R. created a tradition of celebrating the Constitution by petitioning Congress to set a time for it. On Aug. 2, 1956 the resolution was adopted and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The D.A.R. was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support education. Members of the organization are descendant of people who supported the independence during the Revolutionary War. Currently, there’s more than 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters.
Along with members of the D.A.R. cadets from Tarheel ChalleNGe were also present to honor those who established the Constitution.
“It was a wonderful event to commemorate the signing of the constitution, which was a very important day in U.S. history,” said Charles Brickhouse, a social studies teacher from the academy. “I’m glad we where able to come and see this today.”
Many of the young students greeted Mac and Lila Maxwell who portrayed George Washington and Martha Washington, former First Lady of the United States. During the ceremony, passed out American flags to veterans in attendance.
“Our constitution is worth serving,” said Mac, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7547. “It serves as a beacon for all of mankind and I’m proud to be a veteran and a member of this organization.
“I really have a good time celebrating these type of patriotic events in Clinton,” he said. “I’m truly proud of where I live, it’s truly an All-American city.”
(Chase Jordan / Sampson Independent)
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