WHEREAS, the 179th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the "General Congress assembled" in Philadelphia, as announced on July 4, 1776, is a day for contemplation by the citizens of the United States of America ; and

WHEREAS, it was through this document that the people of the thirteen original colonies gave birth to the ideal of the inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ; and

WHEREAS, the Founding Fathers, having set the structure for a new government in a new world, brought into being a nation where the meaning of freedom gave hope and promise to citizens of other countries from its very inception ; and

WHEREAS, today we reap the rewards of the right thinking and acting of those who banished political tyranny forever from a land that was to develop into a stronghold for peace and deep consideration for the humanities ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that July 4, 1955, shall be properly observed in the state as


I further order that the flag of the United States of America, and the Delaware State Flag, be properly displayed from all state and public buildings on that day, and urged that individuals as well join in the showing of our national colors in honor of this great event in our early history.

the reason for the observance and that we pause long enough to give thanks to Almighty God that this nation has been preserved and kept true to the principles of that early Congress.

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 Thirtieth

(Great Seal) day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five 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