Marion County residents brave rainfall to celebrate Constitution Day

Sep. 19—FAIRMONT — Despite drizzle and a dark overcast skies, Marion County community members gathered in downtown Fairmont on Sunday to celebrate an event pivotal to American history, the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Each year on Sept. 17, the federal government commemorates the anniversary of the signing, which took place in 1787 amid the aftermath of the American Revolution.

This year, the Marion County Historical Society & Museum brought community leaders and residents together at the Marion County Courthouse to honor the day and its place in American history.

County Commissioner Linda Longstreth attended the event, and read a proclamation commemorating the day on behalf of the Marion County Commission.

David Tucker, who works at the Historical Society and attended the event Sunday, said that the signed proclamation will be on display soon at the Historical Society.

Several additional community leaders attended the event, including representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution, according to Dora Grubb, president of the Historical Society.

The bell at the Marion County Courthouse was rung continuously for one minute during the ceremony, commemorating the event.

Tucker described the day as a "fine ceremony" fit for "honoring our Constitution."

Grubb said that she and others enjoyed commemorating Constitution Day, regardless of the unfortunate weather.

"It is an important day," Grubb said during a Wednesday meeting of the Marion County Commission.

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