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DAR chapters mark Constitution Week with commission visit, courthouse bell ringing

The Monongalia County Commission entertained a request from three Morgantown Chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to proclaim the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

They rang bells along with the Monongalia Courthouse bell at exactly at 4 p.m. Sept. 17, to mark the moment when the Constitution was signed in 1787.

Posters were distributed throughout Monongalia County and a brunch was also held at Shoney’s in Morgantown. Representatives from all three Morgantown WVDAR chapters attended.

Bells Across America is an annual celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Bells Across America participants gather to ring bells to homage to the day the church bells of Philadelphia rang out when the U.S. Constitution was first signed — 4 p.m. Sept. 17, 1787.

Constitution Week is celebrated annually during the week of Sepyt.17-23 to commemorate the document’s history, importance, and bring attention to how it serves still today.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually in observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The DAR has also erected a structure in Washington, D.C., built in tribute to the Constitution of the United States: DAR Constitution Hall.