WHEREAS, it is only proper and fitting that a specific day be set aside for the purpose of honoring our Mothers; and

WHEREAS, due in large measure to the indefatigable efforts of Miss Anna Jarvis, Mother's Day was officially observed for the first time on May 10, 1908, and subsequently proclaimed by the President of the United States for nationwide observance, in 1914; and

WHEREAS, the unselfish devotion, tenderness, understanding, patience and loving discipline, bestowed upon us by our Mothers, creates a benevolent influence that can--and should--guide us throughout our lives; and

WHEREAS, we can best discharge our great debt to our Mothers by living such lives as to reflect only credit upon those who brought us into the world and carefully guided and nurtured us to maturity; now,

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 10, 1959, as


in Delaware, and urge all of our citizens, regardless of age, to take this opportunity to honor their Mothers, both living and deceased, by attending at least one service in the church of his choice for solemn recognition of the sacrifices, love and inspiration given so freely by Mothers.

Further, I invite Delawareans to join with me in saluting, on this occasion, Mrs. E. Edward Thompson, of Rehoboth Beach, who, as our 1959 Delaware Mother of the Year, is a symbol of all Delaware Mothers.

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-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine 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