WHEREAS, on December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware by Resolution duly approved on the twenty-ninth day of November, A. D. 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue a proclamation calling attention to the significance of this historical event ; and

WHEREAS, this march of freedom begun by Delaware was challenged by the totalitarian nations of the world one hundred and fifty-four years later to the day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, in accordance with the authority in me vested, do hereby designate Monday, December 7, 1942 as


and ask the citizens of the State of Delaware to pay tribute to our forefathers for the part they played in the founding of our country and to re-dedicate themselves anew in the struggle for the preservation of our nation and its way of life during these trying times. I further suggest that flags of our State and Nation be displayed and that suitable exercises in commemoration of this important event be staged in all schools, churches and civic organizations.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said

State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this twenty

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

By the Governor:

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