What’s that beautiful ringing sound? This Saturday, September 17, 2022, 3:00 PM, bells will be ringing across America to celebrate Constitution Week, September 17–23. Bells will be ringing in Herscher, Kankakee, and surrounding communities. Step outside and enjoy the sound that will be ringing From Sea to Shining Sea!

History of Constitution Week:

In 2022, we recognize the 67th anniversary of Constitution Week. NSDAR Past President General Gertrude S. Caraway was responsible for the annual designation of September 17-23 as Constitution Week. The DAR made its own resolution for Constitution Week, which was adopted on April 21, 1955. 

Members of the United States Congress received the DAR resolution and on June 7, 1955, the resolution was discussed in the Senate. The first resolution to observe Constitution Week was made on June 14, 1955, by Senator William F. Knowland of California. Following the passage of the resolution by both houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued his proclamation on August 19, 1955.

The first observance of the Constitution Week was so successful that on January 5, 1956, Senator Knowland introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to have the president designate September 17–23 annually as constitution week. The resolution was adopted on July 23, 1956, and signed into public law 915 on August 2, 1956.