STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, we who live in a land where trees and birds are a common component of our surroundings are prone to look upon them, if indeed we are at all conscious of them, as things to be taken for granted; and
WHEREAS, when by reflection we realize that by far the great majority of the trees that line our highways, our urban thoroughfares, or adorn our public parks and private homesteads are a heritage from other generations; and
WHEREAS, generations of Delawareans who, endowed with an appreciation of the benevolence bestowed upon a peaceful and understanding people, have planted, nurtured and protected these giants of the plant kingdom solely for the gifts of beauty, shade, comfort and inspiration available impartially to all and each to his choice and desire; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the need for the perpetuation, respect and appreciation of these bountiful gifts we have made provision in our statutes for the setting apart of one day of the year for appropriate observance;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 2895 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, do hereby designate and proclaim Friday, March 16, as
ARBOR AND BIRD DAY
and request its observance by all schools and other institutions, public and private, by the planting of trees for the adornment of the grounds thereof and by exercises appropriate to the advancement of understanding of the contribution trees and birds make to our way of life and the promotion of an appreciative sentiment concerning them.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carve!, 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 Twelfth day of March, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fifth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.