2008 Constitution Week spotlight announcemenets

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These announcements were provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1955 the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.

The resolution was later adopted by the U. S. Congress and signed into public law. This year the nation is celebrating the 221st anniversary of our Constitution.

Last year (2007) 6,300 local proclamations were signed. Thirty-nine

(39) state governors signed Constitutional Week proclamations. The National Society requested a Constitution Week proclamation from the President, which was obtained and can be viewed on the www.whitehouse.gov Web site.

The nation celebrated the new Constitution in 1787 by ringing bells, lighting bonfires and participating in parades. The NSDAR continues this tradition with participating chapters. They create games and puzzles, design Constitution Week bumper stickers, join in parades, present current event programs, and organize displays and marquees at markets, restaurants, museums, schools, libraries, stores, banks, and fire departments.

Some facts:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." These words, written 221 years ago, are the Preamble to our Constitution. Read beyond the Preamble to understand the structure of the three branches of representative government.

Did you know that Inauguration Day is set in the 20th Amendment? The Presidential and Vice Presidential terms end, and then the next term begins on Jan. 20 following an election. For senators and representatives, it ends and begins on Jan. 3 following an election. The time btween the election and Inauguration Day is known as the Lame Duck period, particularly if the President was not reelected.

The Equal Rights Amendment which reads in part "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." was proposed by the 92nd Congress on March 22, 1972, but was not ratified because not enough states approved it. The main reason that states did not approve it was that the process was already in practice.

Did you know that The Constitution does not give the right to have cases heard by a jury of "my" peers? The Constitution does not have the words "separation of church and state" anywhere on it. The only crime that is defined in the Constitution is treason. Specifically, it is adhering to or giving comfort to the enemies of the United States. The Constitution neither prohibits nor encourages that the President and the Vice President be from the same party.