By Uvalde Leader-News staff, September 14, 2020
The Uvalde de las Encinas chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has planned nine meetings for the 2020-21 activity year.
As members plan to celebrate Constitution Week beginning Sept. 17, they will also be looking forward to a Constitution Week presentation by attorney Emmett Harris on Sept. 19.
All DAR meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. at El Progreso Memorial Library unless otherwise noted.
Other presentations include water-saving practices, facilitated by Daniel Leskovar of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Oct. 17.
They will hear about veterans services from Uvalde County veteran services officer Everardo “Lalo” Zamora on Nov. 21.,when there will also be an observance for prisoners of war and those missing in action.
DAR members will meet at member Toni Hull’s home for a Christmas party set Dec. 12.
The will hear about the Statue of Liberty from Ellen Little on Jan. 16, 2021.
They will learn more about the Uvalde Main Street program from program manager Susan Rios on Feb. 20, 2021.
DAR members will conduct their annual business meeting on March 20, 2021.
They will embark on a tour of the Uvalde County Courthouse on April 17, 2021. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell will lead the tour.
DAR members will celebrate local high school students on May 15, 2021, when they present the Good Citizen awards.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor of this foundational document of national governance.
“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, DAR president general. “While Independence Day is a well recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”
The Daughters of the American Revolution 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. Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law No. 915.
The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September of 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.
DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work.
By fostering knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s foundational liberties.
One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries.
DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service and more.
For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org.