CHAPTER 479

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed to all the world that this new nation, conceived in the spirit of Freedom under God, guaranteed to all men their inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, Caesar Rodney and other Delaware patriots played important roles in bringing about the adoption of this significant document and in ultimately paving the way for Delaware to become the First State in the young union; and

WHEREAS, this declaration and the now great Nation to which it gave birth stand as a fount of hope and promise not only to Americans but also to the peoples of all the world; and

WHEREAS, on July 4, 1958, patriotic Americans everywhere will--and should--observe, in the form and intent of the founding fathers, the 182d anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Friday, July 4, 1958 shall be observed as

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN DELAWARE

and order that national and state banners be properly displayed from all state and public buildings; also, I urge all 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-fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-eight 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