STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
Three hundred and thirty years ago a brave, liberty-loving people who had arrived in America the year before made preparations for a day of Thanksgiving.
They came to this new land seeking freedom and liberty. They came as pioneers, willing to make great sacrifices in the name of freedom.
Hunger, sickness, death and suffering were the price these pioneers had to pay to successfully settle this new land. Gradually their faith in God and in the principles of liberty was rewarded by their ability to overcome the many grievous obstacles with which they had been faced. Successful crops were harvested; peace was made with their potential enemies, the Indians, and houses were built to keep out the winter cold and rain. Properly, they decided to set aside a day of Thanksgiving where they might give thanks to Almighty God for the many bounteous blessings that He had showered upon them. "
How much more important is it that we should join together with our friends and neighbors in humbly giving thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings, comfort and advantages that we have enjoyed in this land of bounteous plenty and opportunity during the past year.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and proclaim
THURSDAY, THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF NOVEMBER, A. D. 1951, AS A DAY OF PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING
and urge all of the people of our State to appropriately observe this day in houses of worship and in our homes or homes of our friends and relatives which are truly the hope and foundation of this great nation. Let us instruct our children of the importance of this day and let us teach them to humbly be thankful for the many blessings which have been ours. Let us all unite as one in a prayer of thankfulness for the many bounties we have received and work toward the day when universal peace shall be the accepted path of all nations.
In testimony of our acknowledgement of the many blessings that this great nation has bestowed upon us let us display the flag of our State and country throughout the length and breadth of our beloved Delaware.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, this Fifth day of November, 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-sixth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.