On Aug. 28, at the bi-monthly city council meeting, there two proclamations made. Anna Mayor Nate Pike proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 Constitution week.
Pike said the nation’s history is the reason for the proclamation.
“Sept. 28, 2018 marks the two hundred and thirty first anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention and whereas it is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary, and to the patriotic celebrations, which will commemorate it.
“Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating Sept. 17 through Sept. 13 as Constitution Week,” Pike continued.
The proclamation asked for all of Anna’s citizens to ‘reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.’
“Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23,” the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution website said. “The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.
“This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, 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 public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower,” the website continued.
Lucretia Hardin, Pam Gillard, Linda Dillard, and Linda Sullivan, members of the John F. Greer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, were on hand to receive the proclamation.
The JFG Chapter Regent Linda Dillard said they are the NSDAR chapter.
“We are based in Anna, TX and we meet the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. inside the Melissa Municipal Court Room at the Melissa Library,” Dillard said. “We are a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.”
Dillard said many women are welcome to join.
“Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. DAR defines a ‘patriot’ as one who provided service or direct assistance in achieving America’s independence,” Dillard said. “If you think you might be eligible please contact Linda Sullivan, Chapter Registrar at 972-658-2366 or Linda Dillard, Chapter Regent at 224-675-0191.”
Mayor Pike also proclaimed the month of September as Pain Awareness Month. “The Institute of Medicine has found that 100 million Americans live with chronic pain as a result of serious illnesses and injuries,” Pike said.
The cost for the nation to manage chronic pain is estimated at $630 billion annually in medical expenses, lost wages and lost productivity.
Pike said educating people is a good step.
“The US Pain Foundation provides education o pain management skills and constructive ways to cope with pain and find fulfillment in life. Increased awareness about the effects of chronic pain result in better outcomes, increased access to good pain care, and empowerment and validation for those living with pain.”