STATE OF DELAWARE
Over two million native-born and thousands more of foreign-born young men and women have acquired full citizenship during the past year.
To the solution of the manifold problems of our Republic, these new citizens will make their contributions. In the assumption of the responsibilities of citizenship it is greatly to be desired that their conclusions and actions shall be in keeping with the hopes and aspirations of the Founding Fathers.
Let all our citizens, young and old alike, ever strive to maintain our freedom and our liberty, and ever seek to attain those ideals for which American patriots died, and for which our Nation was established to preserve and defend.
In conformity with Federal law, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third Sunday in May as the eighth I AM AN AMERICAN DAY and has requested that the day be appropriately observed in honor of these new citizens.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and set apart Sunday, May 18, 1947, as
I AM AN AMERICAN DAY
and urge our citizens, religious institutions, civic and patriotic organizations, to hold appropriate exercises in recognition of those who have attained the status of full citizenship during the past year in order that they may become fully conscious not only of the privileges, but of the responsibilities acquired through full citizenship.
IN WITNESS 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 thirteenth
(GREAT SEAL) day of May in the year of our 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.