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Bells will be rung on Sept. 17 to celebrate Constitution Week.

CASA GRANDE — Constitution Week is celebrated nationwide Sept. 17-23 and in Casa Grande and Maricopa, the local Daughters of the American Revolution are inviting people to join them in bell-ringing events on the steps of city hall in each town.

“Let us ring out bells large and small to celebrate 234 years of the United States Constitution,” a press release from the organization said.

Bell-ringers will gather at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, in front of Maricopa City Hall and Casa Grande City Hall.

“Why this date and time? Because the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) on Sept. 17, 1787, at 4 p.m.,” the press release said.

Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a bell of any size.

“This is an exciting week for (DAR), as we work within our local communities to celebrate this great governance document. As Daughters, we promise to uphold the Constitution of the United States when we take our oath as members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is our week to spread an appreciation for the Constitution within our greater communities by hosting events, ringing bells, raising awareness and educating Americans of all ages about this immortal document,” the press release said.

According to the press release, Constitution Week became law in 1956 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed it with this proclamation: “Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate the period beginning September 17 and ending September 23, 1956, as Constitution Week; and I urge the people of the United States to observe that week with appropriate ceremonies and activities in their schools and churches, and in other suitable places. I also urge them at that time to give solemn and grateful thought to that eventful week in September 1787 when our Constitution was signed, delivered to the Continental Congress, and made known to the people of the country, thus laying the foundation for the birth of a new nation.”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from those who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

The organization has more than 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide. It is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

To learn more about DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.