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Local cities, county designate Constitution Week

The Wood County Commission recently passed a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week from the James Wood Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. From left, County Commissioners Blair Couch and Robert Tebay, Regent Jane Richards, Betsy Jefferson, DAR state Recording Secretary Carolyn Kesterson and Wood County Commissioner Jimmy Colombo. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission adopted a proclamation designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week from the James Wood Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The DAR commemorated similar proclamations from Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford.

The proclamation calls on local and state officials and leaders of groups and organizations to conduct ceremonies and programs to celebrate the Constitution of the United States of America throughout the week.

Bells will be ceremoniously tolled across the country.

”Whereas, every citizen, whether by birth or naturalization, is called to participate in this observance by recognizing and committing to uphold the freedom, liberties, independence and responsibilities of citizenship guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America,” the proclamation said.

Carolyn Kesterson of the James Wood Chapter said the Constitution is the document that frames the government under which all U.S. citizens live.

”The Constitution has the main articles of our independence and has all of our rules and regulations, the things we need to do to keep our country free, safe, secure and blessed,” she said. The National DAR Society is urging Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance.

“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. “While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”

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