ST. GEORGE — On Sept. 17, 234 years ago, after 100 days of intense conversation and deliberation, our Constitution was signed by 39 men at approximately 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State House (now better known as Independence Hall), in Philadelphia.
This Constitution established the fundamental laws and principles that would govern our newly formed nation, outlining individual liberties guaranteed to all American citizens and limiting the power of government with a system of checks and balances.
To commemorate our Constitution’s birthday, members of the Color Country Chapter Daughters of the America and United We Pledge, are inviting all local residents to join them at the steps of the Pioneer Courthouse in St George at 1:30 p.m. for a historic commemoration ceremony that will conclude will bell ringing.
This bell ringing, also known at Bells Across America, is a national event where bells will be ringing all across our nation on September 17th, starting promptly at 4 p.m. Eastern time (2 p.m. Mountain Time) so they can be heard loud and clear from coast to coast. Bells will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, 234 in all; however, attendees may bring their own bells too.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees are invited to visit a Constitution exhibit on display in the Pioneer Courthouse which includes all the proclamations signed by local mayors declaring to observe Constitution Week in their respective cities and towns – Hildale, Hurricane, Ivins, La Verkin, New Harmony, Rockville, Santa Clara, St George, Springdale, Toquerville, Virgin, Washington – in addition to proclamation from The Washington County Commission and a greetings letter from Senator Mike Lee.