CHAPTER 263

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 urges that it be observed in a manner to impress on our citizens the duties and opportunities of citizenship and its special responsibilities in a nation at war, and

WHEREAS, the National observance of "I AM AN AMERICAN" DAY will honor native born citizens who have reached the voting age, and aliens who have received their final naturalization papers within the present year, impressing them with the seriousness of their responsibilities as full fledged American citizens.

NOW THEREFORE, to re-awaken patriotism and love of country in defense of liberty; to re-dedicate ourselves to service in defending our ideals of a free democracy; to encourage new citizens to honor the status of full citizenship with a determination to assume indefinite responsibilities in holding aloft the torch of freedom under the Constitution

I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim

MAY 17 1942

As

I AM AN AMERICAN DAY

and urge the leaders in all walks of life--from church, school,
industry, labor, patriotic, civic, official and military groups--to
join together and to plan programs suitable to the occasion: to

honor new citizens, to salute the Flag, to extol the spirit of liberty and justice, to sing patriotic songs and in every way possible to enthusiastically express their appreciation of the privilege of being "An American" and a part of the greatest democracy on earth.

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 fourth day of May, in the year of

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

By the Governor:

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