The Mary Tyler Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States September 12 with a special commemorative luncheon.  For the nationwide celebration, September 17-23, the local DAR chapter has prepared a Constitution Week display now on view at the Robert R. Muntz Library on the University of Texas Tyler campus.

The Mary Tyler Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, is joining 180,000 DAR members in the United States and abroad to lead the nationwide celebration of the signing of the Constitution of the United States.

The Constitution luncheon will be held at Willow Brook Country Club with Anna Marie Lee, Honorary Mary Tyler Chapter Regent, presiding.  Guest speaker, Dr. James Newsom, Senior Lecturer of the Department of History at the University of Texas at Tyler, will highlight the Constitution luncheon with a program titled, “Patriae”.  Governor Greg Abbot and Tyler Mayor Martin Heines have issued Constitution Week Proclamations that will be read by Tyler City Councilwoman Linda Sellars and Constitution Week Chairman Joanna Reagan.  Mary Tyler Chapter member Kimberly Roberts Landerman will lead the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America.  The Constitution luncheon is open to guests who make reservations by September 7 via email at tylerbluebonnet@yahoo.com.  Cost of the luncheon is $22 per person.

Members of the Captain William Barron Chapter, Sons of the American Resolution Color Guard will present the colors at the Constitution Luncheon.  Participating members will be Color Guard Commander and past president Matthew Lee, past president Stephen Lee, past president Tim West and Color Guard Drummer and second vice-president Britton Lee.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution originated with the Daughters of the American Resolution (DAR).  In 1955, the Daughters 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 #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity, (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way to life, and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership, and who by joining can thereby fulfill a duty and obligation to carry on the principles for which her ancestor sacrificed his or her life and fortune.  

For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.

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