The Preston Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a Constitution Day event Sunday at the Grayson County Courthouse. Catherine Giles, 2nd vice regent of the Preston Trail chapter, said the society’s mission is to study the Constitution and educate the public. This is the reason the association hosted the event.
Giles said it is important to celebrate how the Constitution came into being.
“Our Constitution was born from many things,” Giles said. “It was born of a democratic process; protests and boycotts are what we have as rights.” Giles also said there is a major importance of showing up and seeing it through. “Whether you are a founding father, a rockstar or a worker bee, you have a significance.”
The ceremony began with the Edmund Terrill Chapter of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution presenting the colors.
Giles, the organizer of the event, made the reading interactive for the guests. She divided the entirety of constitution into approximately 65 sections. Then, she invited the attendees to take a segment, approach the podium and read it.
Giles said she wanted the reading to be interactive because of all the diversity. “Grayson is a diverse county,” Giles said. “It is important to involve everybody to show we all have a common ground. We all have the same rights.” She said she invited different groups all throughout Grayson County due to the diversity.
“Grayson is a diverse county,” Giles said. “It is important to involve everybody to show we all have a common ground. We all have the same rights.”
She said she invited different groups all throughout Grayson County due to the diversity.
To close out the ceremony, the entire group moved to the Courthouse lawn to watch the hand ringing of the bells. This part of the ceremony is done to commemorate the signing of the Constitution. It is widely believed it happened at 3 p.m., hence the reason for the bell ceremony being held exactly at that time.
Even though she has assisted with many Constitution Day events in the past, this is Giles’ first one to organize by herself. With more than 40 in attendance, Giles said she is pleased with the turnout.