Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst proclaimed Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week. When presenting the Proclamation to Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman (SRH-MS) Chapter Regent Christy Hendrie, the first selectman noted that Sept. 17, 2014, marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution.

The first selectman asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution held in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties. Remembering that lost rights may never be regained.

Regent Hendrie thanked the first selectman on behalf of the members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She mentioned the tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was begun by the DAR in 1955 when the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 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 law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Regent Hendrie noted that Trumbull hosted the French contingent called Lauzun’s legion around June 27 to July 1, 1781. Lauzun’s legion, comprised of 600 lancers, hussars, and light infantry, was marching ahead of Comte de Rochambeau’s First Division and marched to Bedford, NY to meet with General Washington. Lauzan’s legion eventually was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

The DAR perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. The DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism.

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.