Constitution Signing Bolsters Patriotism

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Rim Country patriots will have a chance to affirm their constitutional rights during "I Signed the Constitution," day, Saturday, Sept. 16.

The local chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will provide this opportunity in celebration of U.S. Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17 to 23.

This year marks the 219th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

The 25 ladies active in the area's chapter will collect signatures on parchment scrolls and send the documents to the National Constitution Center in Washington, D.C.

There, the scrolls will be bound in custom-made books.

"It's in support of country," said DAR regent of the Mogollon Chapter, Susan North. "The Constitution is the backbone of our country. Everyone is welcome and we'd love to have all of Payson, if we could."

For the past 15 years, the National Constitution Center has honored the signing of the Constitution with a nationwide celebration. Since 1991, more than 3 million people have added their names to one of the country's most enduring documents.

This year more than 200 sites around the country will participate by reading the Constitution and teaching Americans about their government.

In addition to providing education opportunities around the community, the local DAR ladies will help the Payson Supply Line -- a group that supports American troops in the Middle East -- collect donations.

Join the women of the Mogollon Chapter from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Payson Public Library to sign the Constitution and reinforce your responsibilities as an American citizen.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a national organization 168,000 women strong. It accepts women of any color, religion or creed, who are at least 18 years old and can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

The local chapter is also hosting a rededication of the Madonna of the Trail, Saturday, Sept. 23 in Springerville.

Springerville Mayor Kay Dyson will be on hand to honor Heritage Celebration Week. The Madonna is one of 12 nationwide that served to protect pioneer women -- the Arizona state chapter contributed $25,000 to its renovation.

For more information on both events, contact Jo Patterson at (928) 472-2346.

Birth of The Bill of Rights

Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on Sept. 17. Some of the original framers of the document, and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions, were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first 10 amendments became known as The Bill of Rights.

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