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West proclaims Constitution Week in county

Jessamine County Judge/Executive David West signed the proclamation declaring next week Constitution Week in Jessamine County.

The observance of Constitution Week began in 1955 after the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned the United States Congress to dedicate the same week 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 #915.

According to the D.A.R., the goal of the designation is threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September of 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.

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said D.A.R. President General Ann Dillon. “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 proclamation signed by Judge West declares that the citizens are asked to “reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.”