STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the people of the thirteen original colonies first gave expression to the ideal of the inherent right of man to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and
WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed to all the world that this nation was conceived in the Spirit of Freedom under God, guaranteeing to all men certain unalienable rights and providing a fount of hope and promise for generations yet to come; and
WHEREAS, Thursday, July 4, 1957, is the 181st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the "General Congress assembled" in Philadelphia; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware, having had such patriots as Caesar Rodney and others, who played important roles in bringing about the adoption of the Declaration and ultimately paving the way for Delaware to become the First State in the young union; now
THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Thursday, July 4, 1957, shall be properly observed as
INDEPENDENCE DAY IN DELAWARE
and order that our national and state banners be properly displayed from all state and public buildings, and urge our citizens to pause long enough during the holiday period to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings that we enjoy as citizens of this Great Republic.
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-seventh day of June 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