WHEREAS, it has become an annual custom in much of the civilized world to set aside the Second Sunday in May as a day of tribute to all mothers ; and

WHEREAS, we should never lose sight of the contributions which mothers make daily in bringing new citizens into the world ; in nurturing them through childhood and imparting to them the knowledge, wisdom and training which are so vital in the building of character as they mature to manhood and womanhood; and

WHEREAS, a mother's work is never done as she patiently tends to the ills of her brood; provides for religious and moral guidance and offers compassion in the moments of darkness that befall her loved ones ; and

WHEREAS, it is therefore fitting, that we do set aside one day each year to bestow special recognition on the women of our state and nation who through motherhood have gained greater stature in the sight of God and man;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside Sunday, May 9, 1954, as


and I urge all children, regardless of age, to take this opportunity to honor their mothers, both living and dead. May this occasion be one of reunion or at least a day of personal contact by any possible means, so that mothers everywhere will know that their sacrifices, love and devotion are remembered by those to whom they have given the very breath of life.

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 Third

(Great Seal) day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-four, 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