Constitution Week is held each year from Sept. 17-23 with this year marking the country’s 234th anniversary. Written in 1787, the document provides the framework of the American government and upholds and protects American freedoms. Four Virginians were crucial to the creation of the Constitution: James Madison, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted and signed into public law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of Constitution Week are to emphasize the responsibility of citizens to protect the Constitution, to educate people about the role of the Constitution and encourage the study of historical events leading to the drafting of the Constitution in September of 1787.
Participating in the ceremony were students from the Alexandria City High School Jr. ROTC, the ACHS choir, fifer David Embrey, bell ringer Jane Ring and ACPS staff and board members.
Also attending was Thomas Roth III, President of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as well as DAR members from five local DAR chapters: John Alexander, Mount Vernon, Kate Waller Barrett, Nelly Custis and Dr. Elisha Dick. Council member Amy Jackson is a DAR member and also participated in the ceremony.