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Oregon City celebrates U.S. Constitution

On Sept. 5, Mayor Doug Neeley declared Constitution Week in Oregon City from Sept. 17 to 23 to remind citizens of the rights given by founders of the United States.

“All citizens are encouraged to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering lost rights may never be regained,” Neeley read from his proclamation last week.

The Oregon City-based Susannah Lee Barlow chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate the proclamation by ringing bells on Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St. Anyone is invited to bring bells to ring in celebration of the U.S. Constitution.

The date marks the beginning of a weeklong, national Constitution Week celebration. This year marks the 225th anniversary of the presentation of the document at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

“This is one of our country’s least-known official observances, but it is in commemoration of America’s most important document,” said DeAnna Way, registrar of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “Our Constitution stands as a testament to the resolve of Americans to maintain their liberties and freedom and to ensure those inalienable rights to every citizen.”

Daughters of the American Revolution started the tradition of celebrating the U.S. Constitution in 1955 by petitioning Congress to set aside Constitution Week. Congress later adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Eisenhower signed it into law.

The celebration aims to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting constitutional rights for posterity, encourage the study of the historical events and inform people about the document as an important basis for American life.