Don José Verdugo Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Week by placing displays at the La Cañada Flintridge and Montrose libraries to encourage citizens to reflect on America’s heritage.
The National Society DAR is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding this year, which makes this observance especially important. The principles of DAR are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of men and women who fought for and achieved American independence, to preserve historical landmarks, documents, relics, and records of service by Revolutionary soldiers and patriots.
The National Society petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated to observe Constitution Week. National’s resolution was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956. Since then, the members of the Don José Verdugo Chapter have worked to bring awareness to and the history of the Constitution to our local communities.
Lynne Thompson, Chapter Regent said, “These displays commemorate the 228th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, one of America’s most important and enduring documents. Chapter members Suzanne Stanfill and Connie Cianciarulo, Constitution Week chairmen, do a wonderful job creating the displays which will be available through the month of September for the public to enjoy.”
More than 940,000 members have been admitted since its founding in 1890. DAR is known as the largest patriotic organization in the world. There are currently over 170,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. DAR is a lineage society that is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to patriotism, historic preservation and education.
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. To learn more, visit www.dar.org or contact Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 790-3682.