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Week celebrates our great heritage

The celebration of our Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 annually to be dedicated to the observance of the signing of our Constitution.

The purpose of these commemoration days is to emphasize citizens’ responsibility to protect and defend the freedoms that this document gives us. It is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life.

Here in Oxford, Mayor George G. Patterson announced Tuesday night the proclamation of Constitution Week from Sept. 17-23, marking the 228th anniversary of the United States Constitution. This event is promoted by the National Daughters of the American Revolution. Citizens are asked to reaffirm the ideals of the Framers by protecting the Constitution, which guards our liberties as Americans.

Another commemoration in Oxford was Thursday at 4 p.m. when the bell at the Burns Belfry tolled to signify Constitution Day.

Our freedom has not come without a cost, yes, even wars. Can you imagine the time and effort our founding fathers donated to make this document one that would be applicable for generations. It assures so many basic freedoms. Read the document that was written in 1789, which was 226 years ago. Our world has changed in so many ways, but not this document.

Please take a minute to remember the freedoms that this great document gave us. It is our responsibility to protect and defend our Constitution.

Let freedom ring.

Maralyn Howell Bullion

Oxford