CHAPTER 491

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was adopted by the Constitutional Convention. It was submitted to Congress, and later became the fundamental law of the land.

As our nation grew and became great, and as new problems came into being, certain additions were made to our Constitution.

The basic document, however, has remained unchanged and unshaken through troubled years to maintain a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, to preserve justice, safeguard domestic tranquillity, promote the general welfare and glorify the blessings of liberty--all of which has made possible our high state of civilization, the like of which is not to be found anywhere else in the world.

Today, 161 years after it was adopted, the Constitution of the United States remains as the one hope of freedom-loving people all over the world and stands as the most solid single political guide the world has ever known.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 17, 1948, as

CONSTITUTION DAY

and urge all churches, schools, civic and patriotic organizations and all citizens to arrange and take part in appropriate programs to the end that we, the people who benefit from the Constitution, shall have a better understanding of and a greater respect for the gifts of liberty, independence, and justice granted us by the Constitution.

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 third day of

(GREAT SEAL) September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-eight and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-third.

By the Governor:

WALTER W. BACON

WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.