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Constitution Week

On August 2, 1956, the Congress requested that the president proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week”. This week is an annual observance to commemorate the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to the American way of life.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. It was officially enacted on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it was George W Bush who officially declared the inception of Constitution Week in September 2002. The purpose of the observance week is to provide opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach by fostering knowledge and promoting appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans.