Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate Constitution Day at B-UHS


BUCKHANNON — Senior students and faculty gathered in the Buckhannon-Upshur High School auditorium Friday afternoon for a presentation from the Elizabeth Zane Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Constitution booklets were also donated to B-UHS for students to read and reference.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of Constitution Week, which is celebrated September 17 through 23. A resolution to recognize the foundation of the United States was sent to Congress in 1955, discussed in the Senate, and made an official US resolution by California Senator William Knowland. This proclamation was approved by both the House and the Senate and issued as a proclamation on August 19, 1955, by President Dewight D Eisenhower. It was later signed into Public Law 915 in 1956.

DAR is a service organization for women that was founded over 125 years ago. The organization has three goals which are historic preservation, education, and patriotism. DAR preserves old documents, buildings, revolutionary gravesites, and members place historical monuments around the world. Chapters support DAR schools, provide college scholarships, sponsor essay contests, and summer camps. Finally, the women volunteer time in communities, support the armed forces, sponsor Constitution activities, and participate in naturalization ceremonies.

“It’s important to share this information now because it’s a part of learning about patriotism. They need to understand that this will be important to them later in their lives, even though right now it isn’t a serious matter. We have a country we need to take care of and protect. That will be their job one day,” said Georgette Ward, Elizabeth Zane Chapter Chair.

The Elizabeth Zane Chapter of DAR is the local chapter for Upshur County. Women who are 18 or older are eligible to join DAR, provided the individual can prove relation to at least one ancestor who was a patriot in the American Revolution. Those interested can contact Georgette Ward at [email protected]

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