CHAPTER 580

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the signers of the Declaration of Independence were moved to dedicate this nation to the Conception of Freedom Under God; and

WHEREAS, the keynote of American independence is based on "these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States has called for prayers on this 177th anniversary of the signing of our great document, imploring citizens to reaffirm their faith and convictions in these uncertain times; and

WHEREAS, there is a movement on foot to mark through the year a March of Freedom, to exercise the Will of God by promoting peace and goodwill in our nation and throughout the world:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare Saturday, July 4, 1953, as

INDEPENDENCE DAY

and further urge that it be observed as a Day of Freedom, during which citizens will set aside at least a portion of the day for prayer for our state and nation, and personal rededication to Our God and Country, through which we enjoy uncounted blessings. I further urge that our state and national flags be displayed on all state buildings and institutions, and that generally these flags wave in recognition of the freedom which has long been our heritage.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, 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 ninth day of June in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-three and of the Independence of the United States of America the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

ELBERT N. CARVEL

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