WHEREAS, On July 4, 1954, the Declaration of Independence as adopted in Philadelphia, Pa., will mark its 178th birthday and in fact this anniversary marks the birth of the United States of America ; and

WHEREAS, it was proclaimed in 1776 that to secure certain rights, "governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed ; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government," and

WHEREAS, it is a tribute to the Founding Fathers that their great inspiration and declaration of principle was the basis for a form of constitutional government which today is the oldest in existence in this world ; and

WHEREAS, in tribute to a gracious God, Who guided the work and fulfilled the dreams of these early patriots, we should rightfully pay tribute to this anniversary;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that due to the anniversary date of July 4, falling on Sunday, that proper observance be made on Monday, July 5, 1954, and it be marked as Independence Day in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President of the United States of America.

I sincerely urge that on Sunday and Monday, July 4 and 5, our national and state banners be displayed from all proper state and public buildings and that we pause in our week-end activities to give prayerful thought to those whose wisdom, influence and faith provided for us the American way of life which we so dearly cherish. That it continue to be a model for the free world to follow, is our most fervant wish.

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-

(Great Seal) first day of June 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