First, a special section of the Bartow County Library was decorated with facts, timelines and memorabilia pertaining to the Constitution. A radio interview with Emily Gilreath will be aired multiple times on WBHF describing the DAR connection to Constitution Week and the educational value it has for children.
Constitution week kicked off Friday with Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini and Commissioner Steve Taylor signing a proclamation designating the week as Constitution Week in Bartow County. On Saturday, the Boy Scouts placed American flags along Main Street and over to the old courthouse on Cherokee Street.
Planned for at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Ronald Eriksen, a former New York City paramedic during the attacks of Sept. 11, will be the featured speaker Etowah Chapter DAR meeting, which will be held at the Zena Senior Center. On Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon, a reading of the Constitution will held in front of the old courthouse on Cherokee Street. This is the first year of the reading and the Etowah Chapter DAR hopes many will attend this event and it will become a Bartow County tradition.
The custom of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by DAR. In 1955, the organization petitioned Congress to set aside the week of Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to emphasize our responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and reminding citizens that the document is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life.
For more information, contact the Etowah Chapter DAR at 770-386-0073.