On Sept. 12, 2012, the El Dorado Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Placerville Main Library, and Placerville Mayor Mark Acuna helped celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Over 100 children and adults enthusiastically joined in the commemorative signing of a mock constitution displayed at the library.
The event was started with the ringing of bells by the colonial-dressed DAR ladies, who related the story of the signing 225 years ago. Then Placerville’s Mayor Acuna read a proclamation, which added great significance to the event, and was welcomed by all.
Staff at the main library for created an accurate and beautiful five-foot-by-seven-foot hand-scripted reproduction of the constitution. It was quite a bit larger than the original; which was only 24 and a half inches by 30 inches in size.
This constitution is still in a place of prominence in the library, which allows eager signers the ease to pen their names at the bottom, just like our forefathers. The constitution will be available for signatures until the end of the month. Those that sign receive a sticker that states, “I Signed the Constitution.”
For interesting facts, stories and information about the Constitution, go to the U.S. National Archives Website at archives.gov. Even today, the preamble is startlingly fresh:
“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
It’s a beautiful start for the commencement of our young country. It is the work of many minds, and it stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are directly descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.