The Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) received a proclamation from First Selectman Tim Herbst, designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town of Trumbull.

Regent of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Christy Hendrie and Constitution Week Chair Mary Rozsa received the proclamation from the first selectman Tuesday, Sept. 8.

This Constitution of the United States, which was framed and signed on Sept. 17, 1787, is the cornerstone of our freedom and privileges of American citizenship. It is the Guardian of liberties that established our Republic as a self-governing nation dedicated to rule by law.

The tradition of celebrating the signing of the Constitution was started in 1955 by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution when the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside the week of Sept. 17-23 to be dedicated annually for observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted and signed into law in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower.

During the month of September, the Fairchild-Nichols Memorial and Trumbull Public Libraries will display information about the U.S. Constitution to create awareness of one of the nation’s most important documents. Also posters, bookmarks and Flag Code Booklets were distributed to Christian Heritage School in Trumbull.

The chapter has been a volunteer patriotic society for 122 years. Members have traced their ancestors with direct lineage to the Colonial men and women who provided services and fought in the American Revolution, during the years of 1775 to 1783.

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 go online at http://www.sarahriggshumphreysDAR.org