"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
It is a week of national significance. Tuesday, Sept. 17-Monday, Sept. 23, is Constitution Week, promoting the study and education of the Untied States Constitution, which was adopted Sept. 17, 1787.
National Constitution Week was officially enacted on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower following a congressional resolution petitioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
The organization realized decades ago feelings echoed by DAR members across the nation still today - the Constitution is a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom and ensure the document's inalienable rights to every American.
Celebrating the historic document and the week set aside in its honor, the Elizabeth B. Crocket Chapter of Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a dedication ceremony 10 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 20, on the Somervell County Courthouse lawn.
The event will take attendees back in time as Dr. Gary Sisson portrays Patrick Henry, delivering the famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Henry - heralded as a promoter of the American Revolution and its fight for independence - made the speech to the Virginia Convention. He and the speech are credited with delivering Virginia troops into the Revolutionary War.
Local officials be on hand at the event, proclaiming city and county participation in the observance while seventh and eighth grade history students from Glen Rose Junior High get a glimpse into the historic event. The public is also invited to pay homage to American Independence and the document that helped shape the nation.
According to DAR, Constitution Week celebrations have a three-fold purpose - to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for prosperity; informing the people the document is the basis for America's history and the foundation of the American way of life encouraging the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the constitution in September 1787.
The Constitution is the oldest document still in use outlining the self-government of a people. The landmark idea that men had the right as individuals to be free and live under their own governance was the force that drove the American Revolution.