STATE OF DELAWARE
The Congress of the United States and the General Assembly of this State have established the second Sunday in May of each year as Mothers' Day, and it is fitting and proper that this day be reverently observed.
It is not the day, however, but the ideal which lies behind it that is important. We do not give homage to a sweet-scented sentiment, beautiful though it may be, nor is it the fact of motherhood alone that we hallow.
We observe this day because true motherhood inspires us to virtuous living, and more noble thinking; because the ideals of unselfish devotion, patience and forbearance, tenderness, loving discipline and sympathy are often best seen in the person of our Mothers. We observe this day because we know that these ideals must be our ideals, too.
The home is the foundation of our society, the strength of our country's life, and without the high ideals of Motherhood our homes would become less than a home and the future of our country would be dark.
Therefore, I, Walter W. Bacon, by virtue of authority vested in me as Governor of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim
SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1947
in the State of Delaware and call upon all citizens of the State to remember the sacredness of the American home by reverently demonstrating our appreciation for the love and sacrifice of every Mother, and I further request that the American Flag be displayed as a public expression of our affection for the Mothers of our country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal to be hereunto affixed this fifth day of May, in the year of our
(GREAT SEAL) Lord One thousand 'nine hundred and forty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-first.
By the Governor:
WALTER W. BACON
WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.