The Fort Cooper Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Citrus County Historical Society will host a “Ringing of the Bells” at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the historic Old Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness.
DAR initiated the observance in 1955 when the organization petitioned the U.S. congress to dedicate Sept. 17 to 23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week.
Congress adopted the resolution and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into public law No. 916.
The goal of the celebration is to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the constitution in September 1787, to inform people that the constitution is the basis of America’s heritage and way of life and emphasize the U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the constitution.
This year marks the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, which will be commemorated by the “Ringing of the Bells” across America.
DAR encourages all citizens, churches, schools, veterans, veterans groups, scouts and other clubs, city and county employees and leaders to ring their bells in unison at 4 p.m. Sept. 17.
On this date in 1787 at Independence Hall, the framing of the U.S. Constitution culminated at about 4 p.m. after 100 days of intense conversation and deliberation.
Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and bring their own bells to the Old Courthouse. The countdown will begin at 3:45 p.m.