First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst, proclaimed Sept. 17-23, Constitution Week. He noted that this year marks the 226 anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution. Herbst asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals of the Framers of the constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.

Trumbull resident and Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter (SRH-MS) Regent Christy Hendrie thanked the First Selectman and noted that many Trumbull residents participated in the American Revolution and helped make the Constitution a reality. Hendrie noted that the DAR wishes to encourage every generation of Americans to celebrate the spirit of the men and women who achieved our nation’s independence.

Bells to ring

The Daughters of the American Revolution encourage churches, schools, courthouses, fire houses, Veterans homes, city governments and individuals to ring bells on Sept. 17, to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution 226 years ago. Ringing of the bells at 4 p.m. is encouraged, but any time Sept. 17 is fine.

From May 1787 to Sept. 17, 1787, the debate on wording of the document and the establishment of the three branches of government was fiercely debated. It was the Connecticut Compromise which proposed the two houses of Congress — one with proportional representation (the House of Representatives) and one with equal representation (the Senate) which enabled the delegates to agree.

On Sept 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed. At 4 p.m., when the delegates emerged from what is now known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, all the bells rang to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.

The DAR perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. The group also helps maintain historic state properties. Any woman over 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member.

For more information on the DAR, visit sarahriggshumphreysDAR.org.