WHEREAS, on October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived on the shores of a land which was designated as America, and which in the past four hundred years has grown to become our beloved United States of America, one of the most productive areas in the free world; and

WHEREAS, Columbus Day has long been observed by Latin-Americans as a day to pay tribute to a daring sea-farer whose conception of navigation would not be denied until he had discovered his "new world"; and

WHEREAS, the nations of the Americas have long been associated in the bonds of commerce, transport, geography, science and interchange of ideas and ideals ; and

WHEREAS, we may strengthen these ties of friendship by honoring one for whom we have had mutual regard and respect throughout our history; and

WHEREAS, our own citizens of Italian extraction each year pay tribute to Christopher Columbus through religious and civic observances; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim October 12, 1955, as


I call on our citizens, and especially upon the teachers in our schools to observe this day by calling special attention to this voyager whose exploits opened new horizons for the world, and through whose contributions to history we may have found an open path through which to promote justice and good will as well as better international understanding.

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) second day of September 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 eightieth.

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