Jacobs proclaims Constitution Week in city of Cullman

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Left to right are Pat Kahler, Linda Kuykendall, Cathy Shallal, Mayor Woody Jacobs, Sharon Townson and Rhonda Van Zandt. (City of Cullman)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs on Monday, Sept.11, 2023, proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23, 2023, Constitution Week in the city of Cullman.  

On-hand from the Dripping Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to accept the proclamation from Jacobs were Cathy Shallal (regent), Pat Kahler (constitution committee chairman), Rhonda Van Zandt (past regent and district director of the DAR’s Northern District), Linda Kuykendall (recording secretary) and Sharon Townson (library committee chairperson). 

Created in 1787 and consisting of 4,400 words (4,543 including signatures), the U.S. Constitution is the shortest and longest-surviving written Constitution of any major government in the world. Sept. 17, 2023, marks the 236th anniversary of the signing of this document. 

In 1787, over the course of less than four months, a diverse group of men ranging in age from 26 to 81 devised a document that established our federal government with three equal branches of government and a system of checks and balances among those branches, divided power between the federal government and the states, and continues to protect the individual liberties of its citizens! 

“It is vital that everyone reads and understands the U.S. Constitution,” said Jacobs. “The wonderful ladies of the DAR along with other groups, such as the Liberty Learning Foundation, help preserve the history of our country and ensure that future generations understand what the Constitution is and what it means.” 

Constitution Week was started many years ago by the DAR. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law no. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

The purpose of Constitution Week is to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution in order to preserve it for posterity, to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution. 

“It is fitting to make this proclamation on Patriot Day, the 22nd anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack,” said Jacobs. “That tragic day in our history showed the entire world that Americans still possess the same bravery, courage, selflessness and character that our founding fathers possessed when they drafted the Constitution and founded our great nation.” 

To read the Constitution and other founding documents, or to find out more about the documents and the history of the United States, visit www.archives.gov

To find out more about the DAR, visit www.dar.org.  

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