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BHS students, faculty join DAR members in Constitution Week celebration

BHS students, faculty join DAR members in Constitution Week celebration
September 17
10:10 2019

Students and faculty at Breckenridge High School joined members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Bailey Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the kickoff of Constitution Week.

FFA Secretary Kaitlyn Crook carries the American flag during the Constitution Week program on Monday, Sept. 16. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The ceremony began with Lisa Echols, chairman of Constitution Week for the Lee’s Legion Chapter of the DAR, giving a presentation about the Rules and Customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States that was adopted on June 20, 1942. DAR members Mary Frances Thompson and Meredith Wunsch were also present at the ceremony.

Following the presentation, BHS FFA officers President McKenly Roberts, Secretary Kaitlyn Crook, and Reporter Diana Mendoza brought the United States flag down the aisle and onto the stage and posted the flag on stage.

Roberts then read the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. After the pledge, members of the BHS band played the National Anthem.

Constitution Week activities continue on Thursday, Sept. 19, with a play by the fifth graders at South Elementary at 1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria/auditorium. They will present the play again for members of the Woman’s Forum at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Constitution week began in 1955 when Gertrude S. Carraway, president general of the Daughters of the American Revolution, adopted a project to promote the observance of the U.S. Constitution with a memorial week beginning on the anniversary of the signing of the document on September 17. She asked DAR chapters, committees, and members to study, teach, and discuss the U.S. Constitution. Carraway also encouraged members to invite their governors and mayors to issue proclamations celebrating the Constitution.

Constitution Week was officially declared by President Eisenhower on August 2, 1956. It was the culmination of a proposal the DAR sent through Sen. Willliam F. Knowland of California.

Members of the Lee’s Legion Chapter of the DAR also have similar presentations at schools in Moran, Cisco and Albany.

Lisa Echols, chairman of Constitution Week for the Lee’s Legion Chapter of the DAR, gives a presentation about the Rules and Customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States that was adopted on June 20, 1942. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Leading the Pledge of Allegiance during the Constitution Week presentation on Monday are FFA officers, from left, Kaitlyn Crook, Diana Mendoza and McKenly Roberts. The event was hosted by the Lee’s Legion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for Breckenridge High School. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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