To celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the tri-county Oro Fino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a commemoration of the 1787 signing in the Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. (Last year’s event won the National Society DAR 2018 First Place Constitution Week award recently presented in Washington, D.C.)
The celebration will feature “School Civics” by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen; “Citizenship” by Deputy Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen; a performance of “This is My Country” by Helena Xpress Singers and directed by Barb Leland; “What is this Constitution?” by Montana Society Sons of the American Revolution President Warren Dupuis; and “Reflections” by American Legion District Six Commander Joshua T. Clement.
Posting colors will be Sons of the American Revolution Helena-area Guardian Chapter President Warren Dupuis and Vice President Keith Kramlick, and Oro Fino Treasurer Gale Kramlick and Secretary Patty Donoho (all in colonial dress). DAR Chaplain Fee Lamping will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation, and Clancy School fourth-grader Kaylee Rose Lian will sing The Star-Spangled Banner.
First Lutheran School fourth and fifth graders will ring the statehood centennial bell with help from DAR Vice Regent Patricia Greene, while hundreds of cathedral, church, school and courthouse bells will ring out across Montana. - Jane Lee Hamman, Clancy