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Ring Out Bells to celebrate the Constitution on Constitution Day!

Event Date: 4:00-4:05 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 

Adams County Residents are invited to join The Gettysburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, churches, and civic buildings in ringing bells for 5 minutes from 4:00 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021 to celebrate the start of Constitution Week. 

Constitution Week is celebrated annually from September 17-23; it serves to unite us by celebrating The U. S. Constitution, a living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. 

This year marks the 65th anniversary of President Eisenhower signing Constitution Week into law. Because the first lady, Mamie Eisenhower, was an honorary regent of the Gettysburg DAR Chapter, they are honoring her and President Eisenhower, long-time residences of Adams County, with a grand Bells Across America Celebration. They are asking that anyone ring their own bells at 4:00pm on September 17th for five minutes. 

Location: Throughout Adams County, PA

Contact: edyasarn@gmail.com, 717-253-3900, Edy Sarnoff, Regent of the Gettysburg Chapter of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 

Background Information: 

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to be a commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage & the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend & preserve the Constitution. 

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion & celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives & community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of & appreciation for the Constitution & the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men & women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery & sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today. For more information about DAR & its programs, visit www.dar.org

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