Constitution Week, which is celebrated every September 17 through September 23, is the commemoration of America's most important document, the Constitution of the United States of America. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.
This celebration of the Constitution was started by the national Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
To kick off this important week, the DAR’s Fairfield Chapter invited First Selectman Mike Tetreau to its headquarters at the Old Academy today, September 16, 2019, to read and issue a proclamation declaring “September 17 through September 23, 2019 as Constitution Week in the Town of Fairfield.”
The Proclamation states that the goals of the Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
First Selectman Tetreau stated, “Constitution Week gives all of us the opportunity to appreciate the freedoms we have. It is also a wonderful time for our community to honor and celebrate the importance of the Constitution. Before issuing the Proclamation to the DAR officers, I visited Fairfield Ludlowe High School to watch 60 AP U.S. Government students write out key provisions of the U.S. Constitution in chalk on the school’s sidewalks. I am so proud of our students for learning about this important document as they created a "Chalk Walk" for other students to ‘walk the chalk’ during Constitution Week!”
The Fairfield DAR Chapter will have a display for the public about the Constitution at the Main Library on the Old Post Road during Constitution Week.
About the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR:
The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR holds its meetings and events in the Old Academy which is located in the heart of Fairfield’s Historic District by the Town Green. The Old Academy was built in 1804 with the help of Fairfield resident Eunice Dennie Burr. The Fairfield Chapter seeks to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence and foster patriotic citizenship. For over a hundred years, the Fairfield Chapter has taken great pride in preserving its heritage through education, preservation and patriotism.
The photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau issuing the Town Proclamation to Claire Ervin, DAR’s House Committee Chair and Chaplain, and Judi Rotar, DAR’s Chapter Historian, as they stand in front of Eunice Dennie Burr’s portrait at the Old Academy.
The other photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau visiting FLHS’ AP U.S. Government students creating a "Chalk Walk" for their peers to learn more about the Constitution.