Two hundred twenty-five years after the signing of the United States Constitution, the event will be commemorated with a special ceremony in front of the Clark County Courthouse.
The event, organized by the Hart Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayor Ed Burtner and the office of Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham, will include a reading of the Preamble to the Constitution and a proclamation of Constitution Week in Clark County.
“It's important because we need to remember and honor the fact that this document is the document that provides the foundational basis of the government in our country,” Burtner said.
The community is invited to the celebration, and local churches are asked to ring their bells at 4 p.m. The Conkwright Middle School choir will sing the national anthem and a medley of patriotic songs. The George Rogers Clark High School JROTC will present the colors.
DAR First Vice Regent Fara Tyree said it was important to the group to involve local students, to teach them the importance of the Constitution.
“It’s important for us all to understand what our forefathers did to make this a wonderful place to live and work and learn and play,” Tyree said.
Constitution Week was enacted in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower, thanks to the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Celebrations and ceremonies will be held all week throughout the United States. Today marks the anniversary of the Constitution’s first 42 signatures.
“It is hoped this would be something the community would embrace and do every year,” Tyree said.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the Clark County Fiscal Court Room inside the Courthouse.