WHEREAS, Delawareans are proud of their heritage and the part their forefathers played in setting the cornerstone for this great Republic on December 7, 1787; and

WHEREAS, the thirty members of a special constitutional convention meeting in Dover, after thoroughly studying this document, adopted in Philadelphia on September 15, 1787, did not hesitate to vote unanimously to ratify these rules for law and order which have proved the most workable and democratic anywhere in the world; and

WHEREAS, we have so many newcomers in the state that it is incumbent for us to impress upon them the historic role which our people played 171 years ago, so we make sure they understand the full significance of our proud title of "First State"; and

WHEREAS, under the unity of this document our nation has always been able to ward off those who would try to impose their will upon us through aggressive action or otherwise, now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and declare Sunday, December 7, 1958 as


On this day I urge that we take new interest, not only in our historic background, but give serious thought to the part we must play to insure a healthy and progressive future for our beloved Delaware.

Let us on this occasion display our national and state emblems; have prayers said in our Houses of Worship; recall our glorious past in schools and civic meetings and finally pledge to work together toward that goal for which we all strive--a happy home--a happy community--and a nation, under God, at peace with the rest of the world.

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 eighteenth day of November 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