WHEREAS, it is fitting that we, whose entire lives have been protected by the fruits of the meeting which produced our federal constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, should pause in our several occupations to study the course of events by which it came into being; and

WHEREAS, as Delawareans we should take special pride in calling attention to the Constitution of the United States and the early history attached to its significance because we were first to ratify the instrument ; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States, in its wisdom has set aside the week of September 17 to September 23 as a time to once more study the words of the founding fathers which began :

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION for the United States of America"; and

WHEREAS, we should at all times bring to the attention of our youth and children the high principles on which the precepts of our government are founded; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that the week of September 17 to 23, 1956, shall be marked in the First State as


cises which will reaffirm our faith in a document that has become precious to free 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 Fifth

(Great Seal) day of September 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