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DAR Celebrates Constitution Day with Bell Ringing

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- In case you were not aware, Monday, September 17 is Constitution Day, which marks the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Members of the Daughter of the American Revolution led the local celebration.

Monday at 3 p.m. sharp, members of the Jackson-Madison County Chapter participated in the national "Bells Across America" effort to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Constitution Day.

The significance of ringing bells followed the signing of the constitution in 1787. Church bells peeled across the city of Philadelphia.

"The framers of the U.S. Constitution took so many months and months and debated every word in it and it was a living document," said Jackie Utley, with the Jackson-Madison County Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. "It can be amended and it can be changed, but the basic framework is still good today. We had come from a country reigned by a monarchy and we we're given the right as individual citizens to determine our fate and our freedoms and I think is truly amazing."

Constitution Day also marks the last meeting of the delegates of the Constitutional Convention. They signed the document they had created and adjourned.