Mayor signs 2019 Constitution Week proclamation

Moulton Mayor Roger Weatherwax signs a proclamation ensuring the city’s participation in marking the 232nd anniversary of the United States Constitution. Pictured standing behind Weatherwax from the left are DAR Regent Bettye Moore, DAR Constitution Chairperson Anita Pahman, City Clerk Deroma Pepper and DAR Citizenship Chairperson Betty Montgomery.

Moulton Mayor Roger Weatherwax signed a Constitution Week proclamation when he met with the Stephens Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at City Hall on Tuesday.

The proclamation ensures the city’s involvement in the 2019 Constitution Week celebrations, which will mark the 232nd anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution. The proclamation also asks the citizens of Moulton to “reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us” through the document.

Weatherwax plans to participate in the annual Constitution Week parade for Moulton Middle School. Other festivities for the week include a parade at Speak School, and a movement referred to as “Be Loud for Liberty,” which encourages citizens to shout, honk their horns, or toll a bell at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17 to mark the exact time of the signing in 1787.

DAR Constitution Chairperson Anita Pahman, who is enthusiastic about spreading awareness for our nation’s Constitution, said there is more to the annual observance than the exciting activities.

Pahman said many people often misquote this celebrated document by confusing phrases in the Declaration of Independence with phrases in the Constitution. “There is a lot of misinformation out there,” she said as she expressed the importance in understanding your rights and freedoms.

Pahman explained that NSDAR first petitioned Congress to dedicate the week of Sept. 17 annually to the observance of Constitution Week to encourage citizens to be better informed about the history of their freedoms as outlined in the Constitution.

The observance was signed into public law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956, and in 2004, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed, which renamed Constitution Day and mandates that schools receiving federal funds be required to offer instruction on the Constitution to its students each year on Sept. 17.

Pahman and her fellow DAR sisters hope the celebration of Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, will encourage patriotism and understanding for our nation and its history.

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