Constitution Day is an American federal observation that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document on September 17, 1787. This day has been recognized since 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the resolution for observance into public law.
Chairman Eddie Settle, of Wilkes County Commissioners, issued a proclamation for Constitution Week (Sept 17-23) that emphasizes citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution. Visit the library to learn about this national observance and find some good books to read about historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
VFW – Patriotic Essay Writing Contest
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary Post 1142 North Wilkesboro, NC announced the Kick-off of the annual Patriots Pen youth essay competition. Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.
The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300-400 word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2021-22 competition is “How can I be a good American?”
Students begin by competing at the Post level. Post winners advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded $5000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.
Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide. Deadline for student entries is October 31, and interested students and teachers should contact Auxiliary chairman Maebelle Nance by phone at 336.984.4292 for more information.
Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, September 28. Millions of people across the U.S. have local and statewide elections coming up that will affect their day-to-day lives. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to attention just how much local government plays a role in our health from mask mandates to vaccine roll outs. Now, many voters will play a role in the civic health of our communities by getting #voteready and casting a ballot this fall.
Throughout the month of September, you can stop by the Wilkes Library reference desk for information and assistance with registering to vote. Your vote counts!
You can also learn more about civic holidays including National Voter Education Week on October 4-8, Vote Early Day on October 23, and Election Hero Day on November 1, at civicholidays.org