WHEREAS, the Seventeenth Day of September marked the 166th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, by a joint resolution approved February 29, 1952, the Congress of the United States of America has designated September 17th of each year as Citizenship Day, a day of recognition of those corning of age or by naturalization, who will now enjoy the privileges and bear the responsibilities of citizenship; and

WHEREAS, we should be more aware than ever of the profound meaning of the Constitution and remember that through it we enjoy the blessing of individual freedom ; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America has issued a proclamation calling for the observance of this day:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that Thursday, September 17, 1953, be observed in the First State as


and I hereby direct that the Flag of Our Country and the State Flag be displayed on all official state buildings in recognition of this double dedication to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I further urge that officials on all levels, as well as patriotic, religious, civic, educational and other interested organizations, arrange appropriate ceremonies on Citizenship Day to summon to the minds of all of us a keener awareness of our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

I also call upon our citizens to renew and reaffirm their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and pledge once more that they will keep it inviolate from all outward attacks so that we may fortify in our hearts that spiritual unity which is our greatest strength.

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 tenth day

(Great Seal) of September 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-eighth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State