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I am writing as the representative of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Every year at this time we encourage remembrance of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. This event happened on September 17, 1787. We observe the week of Sept. 17-23 to remember this event. This year will be the 231st anniversary.

This document is considered one of the most important ever written for the freedoms it grants to the United States of America. Our government officials begin in office by swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Almost daily we hear politicians say that they are following the Constitution better than their opponents, especially during election years, or when one party is disputing another.

This year we are asking that people read the Constitution, and churches celebrate by ringing bells or chimes at 3 p.m., the time of the signing. We are also asking that school children be given lessons about this important document, and that the ones who are old enough be encouraged to read the Constitution for themselves.

Our organization will be meeting at Fairview Park at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, under the flagpole to ring bells for the celebration of the signing of the Constitution. All are invited to bring a bell and join us under the flagpole that the DAR donated to the park. Or you may just come and count the number of years with us or watch.

Wilma Thompson, Constitution Co-chairperson, Stephen Decatur Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Decatur

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