MATTHEWS – Mayor Paul Bailey welcomed local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the Sept. 9 town council meeting to present a proclamation honoring the 232nd signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
This was among several DAR-related activities in conjunction with Constitution Week. Other activities in Matthews included a float in the Matthews Alive Parade, a display case, a Constitution program for children on Sept. 14 and a month-long children’s Constitution scavenger hunt at the Matthews Library.
The Mecklenburg Chapter placed 100 hand-painted rocks for visitors to find at Squirrel Lake Park on Sept. 15. Members also provided Matthews Elementary School students 150 Constitution Week school kits and a Constitution poster.
The Daughters of the American Revolution successfully petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 in observance of Constitution Week. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Aug. 2, 1956.
The volunteer women’s service organization promotes patriotism, preserves American history and educates children.