WHEREAS, the second Sunday in May has been established by the Congress of the United States and the Legislature of our State as Mother's Day; and

WHEREAS, we mark this year the 44th national observance of this occasion, although it had its origin immediately after the Civil War through the persistent efforts and wide vision of the late Anna Reeves Jarvis; and

WHEREAS, we should feel duty-bound to acknowledge our eternal debt of gratitude to our Mothers, who guided us through sickness and health; through storm and strife and for whom we should lift our prayers in grateful thanks to Almighty God for their devotion and sacrifices; and

WHEREAS, it is our belief that love, devotion and sacrifice on the part of our Mothers have been guiding factors and influences in creating the leadership for our State and Nation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Sunday, May 11, 1952, as


in the State of Delaware and urge all of our people to observe this significant occasion, either by participation in some service of worship in the church, the home or other appropriate place, where proper honor can be paid to the memory of all Mothers. I further urge that all citizens whose Mothers may be living make a diligent effort to contact or visit them as a special tribute on this day. It is further requested that the flags of our Nation and our State be displayed on Sunday, May 11, 1952, in solemn testimony of our love and affection for our Mothers.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, 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 Twenty-second day of April, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.