CHEYENNE COUNTY, NE — Nearly 250 years ago, the U.S. Constitution was signed. Now many local organizations are getting to mark the anniversary which is quickly approaching.
Constitution Week begins September 17, and runs through September 23, every year.
In 2021, the recognition is alive and well in western Nebraska. Multiple government organizations, including the Sidney City Council and Cheyenne County Commissioners have signed resolutions officially recognizing the week.
The public is invited to participate too. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is requesting everyone ring bells at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 17, to recognize the day and hour the Constitution was signed in 1787.
According to local DAR representative Glenda Condon, local churches have agreed to ring their bells to mark the occasion.
In a statement, the DAR says, "The celebration's goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America's great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens' responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution."
The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955. 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into Public Law, meaning the president will issue a proclamation every year for Constitution Week.