WHEREAS, this land of peace and plenty which we enjoy today and in which each individual is endowed with a type of freedom that has been heralded throughout the world is our precious heritage; and

WHEREAS, all of these benefits are possible because of the Republic which was established for us by our forefathers after years of careful planning to make sure that there would be liberty and justice for all ; and

WHEREAS, following the adoption of the Federal Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, each of the thirteen colonies were called upon as individual units to express their desires regarding this document; and

WHEREAS, a special convention of ten delegates from each of Delaware's three counties met in the Old State House, Dover, on December 7, 1787, and unanimously ratified the aforesaid constitution ; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of this occasion, which later brought us the title of "First State" the General Assembly of the State of Delaware by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue a proclamation annually calling attention of its citizens to this historic occasion ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Wednesday, December 7, 1955, as


note of this 168th anniversary of the ratification and make every effort to impress upon our citizens the significance it bears.

By this act on the part of early Delaware citizens, the initial steps were taken to create a government whose first responsibility would be its citizens, thus assuring that the age of tyranny in America had passed.

On this day, I urge and direct that our national and state flags be flown from all public buildings and that our citizens generally join in a display of the colors.

It is also fitting to note that this same day marks the fourteenth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, after which the First State's citizens were again called upon to preserve and protect that form of government which continues to stand as a symbol of hope and enlightenment for people throughout the world.

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) third day of November 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