Members of Darien’s Good Wife’s River Daughters of the American Revolution commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States with Darien First Selectwoman, Jayme Stevenson (center) are left to right Registrar, Karen K. Polett; Second Vice Regent, Lisa Grant; Essay Contest Chairman, Sandra MacPherson; and Chaplain, Dianna Reddington. The US Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 and Constitution Week is celebrated from September 17-23.
The DAR petitioned Congress in 1956 and Public Law No 915 was passed and set aside a week annually to be dedicated for the observance of the Constitution. In 1639, Connecticut was the first state to adopt a representative form of government called the Fundamental Orders, based on democratic principles. These orders are said to be the first written constitution in what would become the United States of America and is the reason that Connecticut is nicknamed The Constitution State.