POMEROY — Alan Wallace, formerly of Middleport, will give a first-hand account of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon when he speaks at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at a meeting of Return Jonathan Meigs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Pomeroy Public Library.
Opal Grueser, regent, invites the public to attend the meeting which will serve as a kickoff for the observance of Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.
She encouraged those who haven’t heard Wallace’s story about the attack, and the role he and other firefighters played on that eventful day in Washington D. C., should take the time to come and listen. Wallace was at the Pentagon when the attack occurred and he and some of his associates were assigned to the Fort Myer’s firefighters to give help at the scene.
“It was an amazing and horrifying experience, and Alan tells of his participation in such a passionate manner. You won’t want to miss it,” said Grueser.
As for Constitution Week, Grueser described it as “the country’s least known of official observances even though it stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.”
As for the history of the observance, the DAR in 1955 petitioned Congress to set aside a time for the observance of Constitution Week. Under the leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the resolution made by the DAR was adopted in 1956.
One of the objectives of the national observance, said Grueser, is to encourage the study of the historical events that led up to the framing of the Constitution in September in 1787. She made reference to a comment from Merry Ann T. Wright, president general of the DAR, in which Wright reminded citizens that “the Constitution by itself cannot guarantee liberty. A Nation’s people can remain free only by being responsible citizens who are willing to learn about the rights of each arm of government and require that each is accountable for its own function. We encourage all citizens to take time during Constitution Week to guard that which is committed to us by our forefathers…our freedom,” she concluded.