The Daughters of the American Revolution and others flocked to Mission San Juan Capistrano on Monday, Sept. 17, for a bell ringing to celebrate the start of Constitution Day.

Members of the organization, local dignitaries and Mission visitors were led in a reading of the preamble before Rafael Gutierrez of the Mission rang the bells at 1 p.m.

Constitution Day, part of Constitution Week, commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The holiday was actually started by the DAR, which petitioned Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 to the observance of the signing.

The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law in 1956 by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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