Celebrate the foundation of America
There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.
The annual observation of Constitution Week takes place Sept. 17-23. Constitution Week proclamations urge citizens to reflect on the importance of active citizenship, recognize the enduring strength of our Constitution and reaffirm our commitment to the rights and obligations of citizenship in this great nation.
Churches, schools, firehouses, veterans’ groups, Scout groups and individuals are encouraged to ring bells on Sept. 17 in the Bells Across America observance of Citizenship Day along with other groups all over the nation.
The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept.17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law No. 915.
The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.
DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.
“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”
The Daughters of the American Revolution is one of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world. It has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more.
The Florence Chapter of the DAR held its first meeting Jan. 18, 1908, at the Gregg residence on South Coit Street. The Samuel Bacot Chapter NSDAR was organized with the following as charter members: Eliza Helen Bacot, Mary Hart Bacot, Elizabeth Ashby Brunson, Maria Bacot Brunson, Martha McBee Brunson, Susannah Woods Brunson, Catherine Smith Gregg, Annie Brunson Hepburn, Lalla Hepburn, Hannah Waring Malloy, Alma Chase McNeill, and Marie Bacot Brunson Willcox.
The chapter is named in honor and memory of Samuel Bacot, who served as Lieutenant under General Francis Marion in 1782. He was a native of Christ Church Parish, South Carolina, born near Goose Creek, in 1745. After his marriage to Sarah Margaret Allston he lived in the Darlington area and was a farmer and plantation owner.