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To the Editor:

Constitution Week is Sept. 17-Sept. 23.

Abraham Lincoln said: “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

This year is the 58th anniversary of Constitution Week. Let us celebrate the Constitution by ringing bells from coast to coast at 1 p.m.  (Pacific time) on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was responsible for the annual designation of September 17-23 as Constitution Week. The DAR made its own resolution for Constitution Week, which was adopted in1955.

Members of Congress received the DAR resolution and on June 7, 1955, the resolution was discussed in the Senate. The first resolution to observe Constitution Week was made June 14, 1955, by Senator William F. Knowland of California. Following the passage of the resolution by both houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued his proclamation on August 19, 1955.

The first observance of Constitution Week was so successful that on January 5, 1956, Senator Knowland introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted on July 23 1956, and signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.

Ruby Pantalone
Keizer

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