CHAPTER 396

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus was established 75 years ago in New Haven, Connecticut, by Father Michael Joseph McGivney and a group of Catholic men of St. Mary's Parish of that City; and

WHEREAS, from this humble beginning, the Knights of Columbus today has a membership in excess of one million men, in 4000 Councils in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands, dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, founded by Father McGivney; and

WHEREAS, during the past 75 years, the Knights of Columbus has rendered to God, Church and Country numerous acts, of Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism, regardless of Creed or Color; and

WHEREAS, since 1899, the Knights of Columbus have flourished and prospered in the State of Delaware, rendering services to the State and its people; and

WHEREAS, many members of the Order have served the State of Delaware in Political, Business, Social and Philanthropic activities; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Knights of Columbus, and in appreciation of its contributions to our Nation and State, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate March 29, 1957, the Diamond Jubilee of the founding of the Knights of Columbus, as

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DAY IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE

and urge our citizens to call to mind the work and purposes of this great international society.

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-eighth day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State