CHAPTER 444

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, December 15, 1957, marks the 166th anniversary of the adoption of the first ten amendments of the Constitution of the United States--the Bill of Rights; and

WHEREAS, the guarantees contained in the Bills of Rights protect and preserve the civil liberties and personal freedom of all Americans; and

WHEREAS, it is our traditional American dedication to the freedom of all citizens, a concept enshrined in our Bill of Rights, which chiefly distinguishes us from the tyranny of totalitarian governments; and

WHEREAS, the right of freedom of speech, press, assembly, association and religious worship; the right of due process under law, and equal treatment under law are a priceless heritage which must constantly be safeguarded; and

WHEREAS, it is our right and duty to strive toward the fullest application of these freedoms for our neighbors as well as for ourselves in our daily lives; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, December 15, 1957, as

BILL OF RIGHTS DAY

and urge all Delawareans to observe this day, and, by their daily lives and activities, foster maintenance and reinforcement of the Bill of Rights upon which our democratic system and our national prestige and strength are based.

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 Fifth day of December 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.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE