WHEREAS, the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492, opened a new era to mankind; and

WHEREAS, the vision, fortitude, sacrifice and seamanship of this explorer in reaching his objective makes his voyage stand out in history as one of its major achievements ; and

WHEREAS, had it not been for the persistence of the man who felt there was a "new world" beyond the confines of the then known trading areas, the establishment of our own United States might have been long delayed ; and

WHEREAS, Columbus Day is an occasion for observance by Latin-Americans not only to pay tribute to Columbus, but to hail anew the alliances that commerce, geography and the interchange of ideas made possible for man ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, October 12, 1956, as


I call on our schools, religious groups and citizens generally to mark this day in a manner fitting to recall the exploits of Christopher Columbus and to pay our respects to those of our citizens of Italian extraction who rank high in many fields of endeavor. Let us fly our national and state flags on this occasion as a mark of respect to the discoverer and to those who followed in his footsteps to help us build a new nation, dedicated to the principle of equality and justice for all.

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

(Great Seal) day of October 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