CHAPTER 474

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

In a year when our Nation has been blessed by Peace and Prosperity, and by the abundant fruits of our land, it is fitting that we give thanks to Almighty God for these blessings. Our efforts alone, no matter how much we have striven to earn the material rewards which are ours, would not be realized without the grace of Him to whom we now must turn in gratitude.

Let us also turn to other lands where less fortunate peoples have striven little less than have we, but where there is much need of the material blessings which we have reaped. In giving thanks to God in this year of 1947, it is proper that our humility assume also the mantle of generosity towards the millions of human beings not so fortunate. It is with charity to all that we should this year offer our grateful thanks for that which has been entrusted to us.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set apart and proclaim Thursday, the twenty-seventh day of November, A. D., 1947, as

A DAY OF THANKSGIVING

and urge the people of this State to observe that day in their homes, their places of worship and wherever they shall gather. In asking continued bounties from our Lord, let us accept our responsibilities in maintaining the dignity of the human spirit through the preservation of our God-granted freedom, and let us pray that all the Earth shall share in a day of thanksgiving for such peace, liberties and bounties as are ours. To particularly mark this day as one of gratitude and reverence, let the flags of our State and Nation be displayed.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thous

(GREAT SEAL) and nine hundred and forty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-second.

By the Governor:

WALTER W. BACON

WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.