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Weather permitting, the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Thomas Hadley Chapter plans to mark Constitution Day with a bell-ringing ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Wilson County Courthouse.
Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the United States’ foundational document on Sept. 17, 1787. Throughout the nation, bells will be rung at 4 p.m. on the Constitution’s 231st anniversary to mark the time 39 men signed their names to the parchment.
Sept. 17-23 is designated as Constitution Week following a petition from DAR President General Gertrude Sprague Carraway, a native of New Bern.
Carraway lived in Washington, D.C., from 1953-56 and became friends with Mamie Eisenhower during her time in the nation’s capital. During her term as the DAR’s top leader, Carraway secured President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s support for the observation of National Constitution Week.
Congress adopted a resolution marking the Constitution’s anniversary week and Eisenhower signed it into law on Aug. 2, 1956.
The Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in 1890 and chartered by Congress in 1896 to recognize women who had a direct lineage to soldiers and others who aided in the struggle for independence and freedom during the American Revolutionary War.
The DAR participates in restoring and maintaining historic sites, preserving records and articles and locating, restoring and marking Revolutionary War patriotic gravesites and headstones. Military veterans and active-duty troops also receive support from the DAR. Other DAR projects include supporting schools, promoting education and sponsoring essay contests to promote good citizenship.