Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has proclaimed Sept. 17 to 23 as Constitution Week in Shelton. When presenting the proclamation to Christy Hendrie, regent of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Lauretti noted that Sept. 17 will mark the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution in 1787. He said the Constitution is the guardian of Americans' liberties and embodies the principles of limited government in a republic dedicated to rule by law. "The Constitution has served us well and we are the envy of the free world," local DAR members emphasized. Observance began in 1950s According to Hendrie, the tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was begun by the DAR in 1955 when it petitioned Congress to set aside September 17 to 23 annually for the observance. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hendrie said Shelton had many Revolutionary War patriots who defended the state from the British, and agreed with Lauretti that citizens today should be encouraged to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Historic preservation, education, patriotism The local DAR is a women's service organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism. It works to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. The local chapter serves Shelton, Derby and many nearby towns, and was founded in the 1890s. Any woman over 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member. Learn more at www.sarahriggshumphreysDAR.org.