DAR hosts reception for Rockwall County’s newly inducted US citizens

Congressman Ralph Hall with members of Scout Troop 8967 at the reception honoring Rockwall's newly inducted US citizens.
DAR member Peggy Atterberr with Fate Mayor Lorne Megyesi, signing a proclamation for Constitution Week.

ROCKWALL, TX (September 15, 2014) The Rock Wall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently hosted a reception for Rockwall County’s newly inducted U.S. citizens.

New citizen Hortencia Thomas; Kathy Melston, Rockwall Library; new citizens Maria Catalina Castillo; Manuel Diaz, Isabel Cerritos and Martha Templin.

The citizens were enrolled in the Rockwall County Adult Literacy Program led by Carol Case and Kathy Melston.

The new citizens were welcomed and honored by the DAR, SAR (Sons of Revolution), Congressman Ralph Hall, and Rockwall Mayor David Sweet.

Congressman Ralph Hall congratulates Hortencia Thomas.

DAR Regent Mindy Lovell gave the opening remarks.

Mayor Sweet read a proclamation recognizing DAR’s Constitution Week. Constitution week is celebrated the week of September 17-23 to honor America’s Constitution.

The Lakeside Church of Christ Choir, directed by Aaron Shotts, provided musical entertainment.

New citizen Isabel Cerritos with husband Orangel Cerritos, DAR Regent Mindy Lovell, and daughter Isabella Cerritos.

Among the new U.S. citizens receiving flags from Congressman Hall were Manuel Diaz, Maria Teresa Baez, Socorro Guevara, Maria Isabel Cerritos, Martha Templin and Hortencia Thomas. Other new citizens included Maria Catalina Castillo, Erika Marquez and Edith Chavez.



Note on Celebrating Constitution Week by DAR President General Lynn Young, Washington, D.C.

September 17-23, 2014 ~ Constitution Week is a wonderful time to connect with those in our community and remind them about this important document which shaped our nation. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights of every American. I hope each of you will renew your commitment to this important document during this wonderful week of celebration.

I know many of you have planned special events in your communities to encourage your neighbors to cherish our Constitution, worked with local school children to help them better understand this document and have had your local officials make Constitution Week proclamations. I thank you so much for spreading awareness about Constitution Week and about what the Constitution means to Americans.

DAR can be very proud of the history of Constitution Week.  In 1955, during President General Gertrude Carraway’s administration the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Story and photos submitted by Joy Greenwalt, DAR.

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