Celebrate The Constitution


September 7, 2017

Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites Transylvania County residents to join in the celebration of Constitution Week Sept. 17-23. The goal is to remind ourselves of the many freedoms we possess simply because of a document signed by our forefathers on Sept. 17, 1787. This great document contains about 4,500 words written on four sheets of parchment paper and is the longest lasting constitution ever written.

What can you do to show your patriotism during Constitution Week?

1. Visit the newly-opened Western North Carolina Military History Museum and see the month-long DAR exhibit.

2. Visit the upstairs exhibit at the Transylvania County Library which includes a list of “Revolutionary Reads” compiled by our DAR Daughters.

3. Pick up a pocket Constitution at the history museum or upstairs at the library. City Hall will also have a supply.

4. Listen as area churches, firehouses and colleges ring their bells at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, to celebrate the hour our forefathers began signing our Constitution. Churches all over the U.S. will ring their bells 13 times – once for each colony – as a reminder of the freedoms we celebrate. Churches are also encouraged to add a patriotic hymn to their weekend services.

5. Listen as students tell you about their Constitution Week activities at school. Transylvania County elementary schools have been invited to join in Bells Across America and they will be provided with bells to ring throughout the week.

6. Check out the Blue Ridge Community College website at http://www.blueridge.edu. Go to Campus Life and you will find a fantastic section labeled Constitution Day Observance.

7. And remember to fly your flag! Why? Because you can!

Portia W. Odell


(Odell is Constitution Week Chair of the Waightstill Avery Daughters of the American Revolution)


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