Wilton Congregational Church will ring its bells 39 times at 4 p.m. this afternoon, representing the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the 39 men who put their names to it.
Today begins Constitution Week, offering us an opportunity to reflect on this American icon of freedom.
The official observance was signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, after the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress the previous year to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated to the observance of Constitution Week.
“Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American,” the DAR says.
The celebration is intended to:
- Remind us it is up to us to protect and defend our Constitution;
- Spread the word about the foundation for our way of life;
- Encourage people to learn of the events that led to its signing on Sept. 17, 1787.