Celebrate Constitution Week

Published 2:30 pm Monday, September 18, 2023

By State Sen. Greg Elkins

It is officially Constitution Week. In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside a week in September annually in dedication and observance of the United States Constitution. A joint resolution of Congress on Aug. 2, 1956, preceded President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first Constitution Week proclamation (Proclamation 1351), officially designated Sept. 17-23 each year as Constitution Week.

The aim of the Constitution Week celebrations each year since has been to:

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• Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities in protecting and defending the Constitution.

• Inform the public the Constitution is the foundation for America’s great heritage and way of life.

• Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution.

Constitution Week is an excellent time to study the Constitution of Kentucky, established in the constitutional convention of 1891. This was the fourth Constitution for Kentucky, the original one being adopted at the state’s founding in 1792 at a constitutional convention in Danville.

Our U.S. and state constitutions have gone down in history as some of the most remarkable documents on self-governance the world has ever known. The system of government we should never take for granted, such as a bicameral legislature (this means two chambers; a house and a senate), is unique to the American and Kentucky governmental structure. The concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ the right to trial by a jury of your peers, freedom of religion, privacy and other inalienable rights and civic responsibilities are ideas we should never take for granted. Elected officials such as myself should always remember our first duty is to our oath to defend the Constitution and not to a political party. We should always remember the United States is the world’s longest-surviving representative republic.

Also, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission makes constitutions available to Kentucky residents. Feel free to contact my office by phone or email if you want one mailed.

Every American is responsible for becoming familiar with these documents, as they clearly outline our constitutional rights and, more importantly, our citizens’ responsibilities.

I will join Winchester’s Hart Chapter on Monday as it presents its annual Constitution Commemoration Ceremony.  The event will be held in the Clark County Courthouse  Fiscal Courtroom.

I remain grateful for you granting me the privilege of swearing an oath to these documents as I serve as your State Senator. Enjoy a wonderful Constitution Week.

Senator Greg Elkins, R-Winchester, represents the 28th Senate District, including Bath, Clark, Menifee, and Montgomery counties and an eastern portion of Fayette County.