WHEREAS, it is fitting that we pause each year to give thanks for the discovery of this land which has become our home and our precious heritage; and

WHEREAS, Sunday, October 12, 1958, will mark the 466th anniversary of the discovery of these shores by Christopher Columbus; and

WHEREAS, this annual observance also marks our cordial relations with our Latin American neighbors who also owe a debt of gratitude to the Discoverer; and

WHEREAS, we are cognizant that the United States of America has grown in stature until today our position in the family of nations has reached new heights; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and declare Sunday, October 12, 1958, as


and I urge that in the days leading to this observance our schools, churches of all faiths, and our various civic and fraternal societies hold such activities as may be fitting to recall the gallantry, the sacrifice and success of Columbus' venture with his three tiny ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

I recommend that our National Emblem and the Flag of Delaware be flown on all public buildings in silent tribute to the Discoverer and those brave pioneers who followed him to this blessed land. Further, I also recommend the wearing or display, on Columbus Day, of purple, which has been designated by the Order of Sons of Italy in America and by Columbus Foundation, Inc., as the official Columbus Day color.

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 sixth day of October 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