Church bells will ring and people will pause at 4 p.m. today in honor of the exact day and time the United States Constitution was signed 217 years ago.
Constitution Week starts today and runs until Thursday. Members of the Lincoln Countyâ€™s Jacob Forney chapter of the DAR are asking residents to take part in the annual event.
More than 30 local churches will mark the signing by sounding their bells at 4 p.m., and American flags will fly throughout the county.
Schools will observe the day with special activities.
And officials with the Lincolnton City Council and Lincoln County Board of Commissioners recently adopted resolutions in support of Constitution Week.
The week has been observed throughout the county since 2000, said Lila Friday, chairwoman of the Jacob Forney Chapterâ€™s Constitution Week.
Constitution Week is set aside each year to emphasize the Constitution as the basis for government and for the rights and responsibilities of citizens, according to a press release from Lincoln Countyâ€™s DAR chapter.
At the petition of the DAR, Congress established Constitution Week as a nationwide observance on Aug. 2, 1956, when the law was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The purpose of the celebration is to emphasize each citizenâ€™s responsibility to defend the Constitution and to learn about events that took place during and following the American Revolution.
â€œThis is the week thatâ€™s set aside to remind us that the Constitution is the basis of our freedoms and to remember the history of the events,â€ Friday said.
by Alice Smith