Greenwich celebrated Constitution Week

Receiving the declaration at Town Hall Paul Hansel, GHS junior, president of Mary Bush CAR, Julia Marche, vice president, and John and Sophie Trudeau from First Selectman Peter Tesei.

Receiving the declaration at Town Hall Paul Hansel, GHS junior, president of Mary Bush CAR, Julia Marche, vice president, and John and Sophie Trudeau from First Selectman Peter Tesei.

Greenwich recently marked Constitution Week in town from Sept. 17 to 23.

First Selectman Peter Tesei signed an official proclamation from the town of Greenwich for the week, and Paul Hansel, president of the Mary Bush Children of the American Revolution (CAR), was on hand to witness the signing. Constitution Week is a national weeklong celebration of the drafting of the Constitution, and this year marks the 227th anniversary.

The week celebrates the most important American document but is one of the least known official national observances. The Constitution’s primary text was written by Thomas Jefferson and is the same today as it when it was written, with the exception of our present 27 amendments.

The Mary Bush CAR Society already has had a busy year. The group led the pledge at the Independence Day celebration, and had a kick-off meeting learning about the various educational programs on Sept. 9. Educational and interesting programs were given on the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear campaign from the U.S. Forest Service, local Native Americans, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, technology advances, books on our American flag, including learning about the Flag Code, and the importance of the War of 1812.

The students also are learning about the national project Oh, Say Can You See, as it is the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. The Battle of Baltimore was one of the most defining moments in U.S. history at Fort McHenry. The British raged with a hard naval attack, but the Americans fought back. This inspired a famous poet, Francis Scott Key, to write a poem that became our national anthem. The project this year is to raise funds for The Star-Spangled Banner House in Baltimore. The society president, Paul Hansel, took a trip to visit this site and gave an interesting program on The Star-Spangled Banner House at the fall meeting.

Mr. Tesei provided a second meeting learning about the importance of the War of 1812, World War I, the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, and the Oh, Say Can You See project. The students also were shown the memorial plaque for those from Greenwich who served and lost their lives in World War I.

The CAR is a national organization that promotes the teaching of government, conservation, history, and cultural awareness to students as well as promoting patriotism.

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