WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States was adopted by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, was approved by Congress and later became the fundamental law of the land ; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution has been flexible enough to allow the will of the people of the various states and commonwealths to amend it so as to deal with the pressing problems of the various eras, but fundamentally it has remained the same document in the guarantee of our rightful liberties, in the preservation of justice, in the safeguarding of domestic tranquility and in the promotion of the general welfare ; and

WHEREAS, today the United States, strong and prosperous under this document, remains the hope of the freedom-loving peoples all over the world, and our Constitution stands as the most solid single guide that the world has ever known; and

WHEREAS, September 17, formerly known as Constitution Day, a time to reaffirm our faith in this document, but changed to Citizenship Day by an Act of Congress so that we on the same day can pay tribute to our new citizens, either by their reaching majority or by naturalization ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and designate Friday, September 17, 1954 as


I call upon all of our citizens to take time out on that occasion to again read the Constitution of the United States and become more familiar with it. I also urge all organizations --patriotic, civic and fraternal--to hold such exercises that will pay tribute to this document and to the new citizens in whom we entrust the future security of our nation.

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 day

(Great Seal) of September 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-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State