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Daughters of the American Revolution chapter created display at county library, mayor to read proclamation

A Bend chapter of a national organization is helping communities throughout Central Oregon celebrate the U.S. Constitution.

The Daughters of the American Revolution chapter has created a display at the Crook County Library to honor Constitution Week, which takes place each year Sept. 17-23.

"The display, along with Constitution information, will run through September," said Michelle Douthit, the organization's Constitution Week Chair. "Their partnership in helping celebrate Constitution Week was greatly appreciated."

Douthit added that Prineville Mayor Steve Uffelman will join other mayors throughout Central Oregon is reading and signing Constitution Week proclamations during their September council meetings.

These local actions are part of an effort on the part of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urging Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution.

"There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day," said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. "While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life."

DAR initiated the observance of Constitution Week in 1955. Congress adopted a resolution on Aug. 2, 1956, and President Dwight Eisenhower then signed it into law.

The celebrations are threefold: to encourage the study of the events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America's heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize citizens' responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

"In communities across America, Daughters will erect hundreds of community displays, sponsor municipal proclamations, ring bells and stage programs to raise awareness of the Constitution's tenets and importance," VanBuren said. "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."

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