Each year since 1992 — that’s 20 years — members of the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have brought the national commemoration of the U.S. Constitution to Rim Country. This year, the DAR was presented a proclamation by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and the town council marking the week of Sept. 17 “Constitution Awareness Week.”
The DAR Constitution Day will be at the Payson Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Members will distribute materials about the Constitution, including a booklet with the text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. The group has also provided materials on the Constitution and Constitution Week to the principals of area schools.
The 225th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 marks the start of one of the country’s least-known official observances. Since 1955, the DAR has worked to make the public more aware of the U.S. Constitution. That year, the group petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually as Constitution Week.
The Mogollon Chapter of DAR was chartered April 18, 1992 with 18 members. Many have served as chair of the Constitution Week program over the years. This year, the chair is charter member Laura Meyers. She said up to a dozen members of the group would be at the library over the course of the day Sept. 19.
Regent Jan Ransom said the Constitution Week effort of DAR is one of the group’s most important projects. The DAR is a patriotic organization that encourages education and historic preservation in communities across the country.