Nearly Every American remembers and celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the official severance of ties with Great Britain July 4 1776, with a bang. Far fewer citizens remember or celebrate the signing of the document that attempted to secure that liberty. As of Monday (9/17) the Constitution became 232 years old. The document was signed September 17, 1787.

 

Monday kicked off Constitution Week, which was first declared in a proclamation signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. Regent of the Allen Morton Watkins chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Amy List, says the purpose of that proclamation was three-fold.

 

Contained in the preamble are the reasons the constitution was established. Among those are the establishment of justice and peace, as well as securing the blessings of liberty. List says its the constitution that makes it possible for citizens to maintain and protect their liberties.

 

List says her chapter has already been busy this week. She is part of a Richmond chapter of DAR that has been around since 1910. She spoke to KMZU about their purpose.

 

List says being a patriot is about more than just being proud.

 

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