WHEREAS, our nation's form of government was conceived in the spirit of Freedom under God ; and

WHEREAS, God is recognized as the source of inherent freedom of all individuals with these immortal words in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence :

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"

and ;

WHEREAS, the architects of the Declaration of Independence acknowledge the responsibility of our nation's citizens to preserve our Freedom under God by pledging support of this declaration :

"With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence"

and ;

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware, having had such patriots as Caesar Rodney and others who played so important a role in bringing about the adoption of the Declaration, and ultimately paving the way for Delaware to become the First State in the young union ; and

WHEREAS, the need is great for re-dedication of our citizenry to the spiritual principles upon which the Declaration was based ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim July 4, 1956, as a Freedom under God observance of


I urge that appropriate demonstrations and recognition of the relationship between Faith and Freedom be made on this day to show our gratitude to God and our country for the way of life which we are privileged to enjoy and where a sovereign people can pray in the manner of their own choosing, realizing that the immortal soul of each man is recognized.

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 Fourth day

(Great Seal) of July in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

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