Special to the Bulletin

Members of the Mary Garland Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution will hold their Constitution Week meeting Thursday with a luncheon at Underwood’s Cafeteria. The theme will be “Denim and Diamonds.”

Gov. Rick Perry has declared Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week, and his proclamation encourages all Texans “to commemorate the signing of our great nation’s Constitution. Each of us, as citizens of this republic, has a responsibility to remain mindful of the duties and expectations that our founding fathers had for all Americans as they wrote these words, ‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Perry’s proclamation notes that the delegates to the 1787 convention created a document that established three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial — with a system of checks and balance to ensure that no one branch would come to dominate the others.

“Working in Independence Hall, they developed the brilliant blueprint we know today as the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the land.”

With ratification by nine states required, the debate on the Constitution was often turbulent, Perry’s proclamation states, with differences draw between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

“James Wilson’s stirring defense of the Constitution during ratification proceedings, wherein he stated that the new government was the best’ which has ever been offered to the world,’ persuaded Pennsylvania to ratify. His view prevailed, as the ninth state, New Hampshire, ratified in June 1788.”