WHEREAS, December 7, 1952, marks the 165th anniversary of Delaware's ratification of the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, on December 7, 1787, the unanimous action of 30 colonial citizens and patriots in convention assembled, automatically gave Delaware its title of First State; and

WHEREAS, through persistent effort, citizens today continue to help preserve our God-given heritage by dedicating homes and public buildings used by early patriots as living memorials to their pioneering spirit and leadership; and

WHEREAS, because of the importance attached to this day, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue an annual proclamation calling attention to this historic occasion:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Sunday, December 7, 1952, as


and urge each citizen to once more count his blessings as a free American and as an integral part of this State, by displaying our State and National flags, and by conducting exercises and ceremonies in all of our schools, churches, and civic associations, with emphasis in the great part we have played in the founding of our Republic.

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 First Day of December, 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-seventh.


By the Governor:


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