WHEREAS, it is just 465 years since the unknown western horizon of the Atlantic Ocean was first pierced by Christopher Columbus, the navigator from Genoa, Italy; and

WHEREAS, by his computations, dogged determination and his will to sacrifice self in a principle in which he believed and which had inspired others to have confidence in him; and

WHEREAS, by his struggles against tide and tempest, he became the first white man of recorded history to plant his insigne on western soil; and

WHEREAS, in this particular year in the City of Wilmington new recognition is to be given Christopher Columbus by the Sons of Italy and the Knights of Columbus through the dedication of a new monument; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and declare Saturday, October 12, 1957, as


I urge that in remembrance of the anniversary of this historic date--October 12, 1492--when Columbus went ashore at San Salvador, the flags of the United States and the State of Delaware be flown in his honor. It is also appropriate that ceremonies be held by churches, schools and civic associations to recall the anniversary of this great discovery.

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 Seventh day of October 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-second.


J. CALEB, BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State