CHAPTER 243

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, the President of the United States has designated the third Sunday in May as,

I AM AN AMERICAN DAY

and has asked that it be observed in recognition of American citizenship, and

Where, citizenship in the United States of America is a priceless and sacred possession and those of us so fortunate as to be citizens by birth, must be made to understand that citizenship in a democracy, is an inescapable challenge to make our democracy work. It charges us to maintain such a high degree of citizenship that the Statue of Liberty shall always convey to the peoples of the rest of the world that the right to live in a free country--a democracy--is the greatest benefaction of mankind. The right to say "I am an American" is a wonderful privilege. It means faith in democratic processes and it declares that alien policies, subversive to the interests of our country, shall never find root in America.

Now, Therefore, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim Sunday, May 18, 1941, as

I AM AN AMERICAN DAY

and urge that this day be observed in patriotic fashion by all citizens both native and naturalized, so that we all may gain a fuller appreciation of the meaning of American citizenship. I call upon public officials, all patriotic, civic, religious and educational organizations in the State of Delaware, to join in appropriate programs calculated to re-awaken patriotism and love of

PROCLAMATION

our country in defense of liberty, thereby glorifying the meaning and virtues of citizenship in this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of the said State, at Dover, this twenty-ninth day of April, in the

(GREAT SEAL) year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-fifth.

By the Governor:

WALTER W. BACON EARLE D. WILLEY, Secretary of State.