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Constitution Week gets underway in Skagit County

September 20, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — Bells rang out Monday on the steps of the Skagit County Courthouse as the local chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution marked the beginning of Constitution Week.

The annual commemoration, which runs Sept. 17-23 this year, celebrates the document that set forth the framework for the nation’s government.

At 4 p.m. sharp — the same time delegates emerged after signing the Constitution in 1787 — seven of the 28 members of the Ann Washington chapter in Mount Vernon raised bells and filled the air with the sound of clanging.

Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Constitution Week has been nationally recognized since 1956.

In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution came before Congress to ask for a portion of September to be dedicated to the Constitution, and on April 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law.

According to a news release from the organization, the week has three main goals: to encourage the study of the events that led to the Constitution’s establishment, to inform people that the document is the foundation of the nation’s way of life, and to instill in Americans a responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” Revolution President General Ann Dillon said in a news release. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today.”

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a national women’s organization comprised of more than 185,000 descendants of patriots from the American Revolution. There are 3,000 chapters in the U.S.

Mount Vernon’s chapter, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2021, works to support veterans, local troops, children and preserve historic monuments, member Pam McCunn said.

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