CHAPTER 254

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

The signs of Nature all about us bespeak the swift passage of another year. Already we have noted the southern flight of friendly songsters. Now the pictures made by shrub and trees on stream bank and in woodland change quickly from the varied hues of green to a riot of autumnal color. Soon chill northern blasts and white flurries of snow will send us to the fire-side when the tasks of the day are done. Then will be time for reflection. There, in fitful light or shadow, like scenes upon the screen, will flash Wore the vision: names and faces and pleasant memories of those whose recent passing has grieved us, some of prominent place and others who did their work in an area more restricted. We are haunted by the picture of the War Lord gone mad with violence; horror and death on every hand and people crushed and broken, their homes destroyed, the emblems of their nationality hauled down.

In the midst of all this, "we live, feel dawn, see sunset glow". Where want stalks abroad, we have abundance of food and of raiment. The flag floats over a free people whose elected representatives are meeting in the halls of legislation to carry out their functions as the Constitution prescribes. We have been spared great calamities. Productive and gainful work engages the brains and hands of our people. We deplore the absence of peace in the World, and hope that it may be preserved to us and soon restored to all the Nations now at war.

Surely for blessings and bounties received, we have abundant cause to be thankful and give praise. Truly our need for a guiding influence in the uncertainties of today, was seldom greater than now.

For these reasons, Therefore, and in accordance with the custom long established, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and set apart

THURSDAY, THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY

OF NOVEMBER, 1941

As

A DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING

On that day may the people of Delaware repair to the Houses of Worship, and there or in gatherings of friends, in homes or in solitude, render thanks to the Almighty Father of all, for life, and His tender mercies toward us. Let us seek His Guidance in the unknown crisis that nears, and let the flag of our Country be displayed as a symbol of a united people and in grateful appreciation that the Republic still survives.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of said State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this thirteenth

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

By the Governor: