STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the Governor of Delaware is authorized by its statutes to set aside one day annually as Arbor and Bird Day; and
WHEREAS, he may request on that observance that all public schools, private schools, colleges and other institutions plant trees and adorn the school and public grounds, and hold suitable exercises to stress the advancement of the study of arbor culture and promotion of the spirit of protecting birds; and
WHEREAS, this is the eighty-fifth year that Arbor Day will have been observed in the United States, having been founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, who was born just 125 years ago on April 22, 1832; and
WHEREAS, Arbor Day is important to all of us who want to see our natural resources preserved and have the added beauty of trees and flowers on our premises and in our parks; now
THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Friday, April 12, 1957, as
ARBOR DAY IN DELAWARE
I urge that our schools do make such plans to plant trees and to hold such exercises which will recognize the need for mass consciousness of the aesthetic, physical and economic value of plant life.
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.
J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor
JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State