Sign up to read the Constitution

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DAR Regent Mary Thunhorst is calling on Lakes area residents, including youngsters, to join members of the Ladies of the Lake Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the library staff in reading the Constitution aloud on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Spirit Lake Library.

Each reader will take a 10-minute turn at reading the document between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A sign up sheet is available at the library, 702 16th Street. Interested persons can also contact Mrs. Thunhorst, travelinmaryt5005@q,com, 712-336-0240. The library has created a display and there is a poster picturing a number of the 2015 readers.

This library "read" is a part of the National Constitution Week observance which is held annually from Sept. 17-23. Bells will ring across the country at 4 p.m. Saturday. The local DAR Chapter invites churches and schools to make special arrangements to join in the bell ringing.

"In this election year, it is especially important to know what the Constitution really says about issues that concern us," Thunhorst said. She will be playing a board game "Constitution Quest" Friday, Sept. 16, at Hawkeye Care Center in Spirit Lake for residents, their family members and friends who are interested. She is also contacting schools to arrange student "readings" at special events.

Today, the United States functions as a Republic under the United States Constitution which was adopted by the 13 original states between 1787 and 1790. It is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people and stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the celebration of the Constitution many years ago and in 1955 petitioned Congress to set aside Sept.17-23. It was signed into Public Law #915 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

The DAR is a patriotic, not a political organization, and the week is one of its many projects to encourage appreciation of our history. All Ladies of the Lake programs are open to the public.

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