WHEREAS, on September 17, 1787, a courageous and foresighted group of great American Statesmen, meeting in Convention at Philadelphia, affixed their signatures to a document that not only formed the foundation for our own nation but established a pattern for many other nations seeking liberty and justice under law; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States, through appropriate action, has designated the seventeenth day of September of each year as Citizenship Day and the week beginning September 17 of each year as Constitution Week in recognition of the significance of the signing of this Federal Constitution; and

WHEREAS, we, as Delawareans, should take special pride in the fact that our state was the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, it is most fitting that we give recognition to all our new citizens and encourage them as well as all Delawareans to protect and make fullest possible use of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Wednesday, September 17, 1958, be observed in the First State as


FURTHER, in order that ample opportunity may be provided to give solemn and grateful thought to that eventful week in September, 1787, when our Constitution was signed and made known to the people, thus laying the foundation for this great nation, I designate the period beginning September 17 and ending September 23, 1958, as


and urge that our educational institutions, churches, and patriotic organizations mark Citizenship Day and Constitution Week with appropriate exercises reaffirming our faith in the Constitution of the United States and stressing the full significance of American citizenship.

I also order that the national and state flags be flown from public and other buildings as visual reminders to all of us to protect and practice the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

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 third day of September 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-third.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State