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 mount of hope and promises not only to Americans but also to the peoples of all the world; and

WHEREAS, on July 4, 1959, patriotic Americans everywhere will--and should--observe, in the form and intent of the founding fathers, the 183rd 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 Saturday, July 4, 1959, shall be observed in this state as


Further, I order that the flag of the United States of America, and the Delaware State Flag, be properly displayed from all state and public buildings on that day, and urge that all our citizens join in the showing of our national colors in commemoration of this great event in our history.

It is my further hope that, while our citizens are enjoying this holiday, they will give proper thought to the reason for the observance and pause long enough to give thanks to Almighty God that this nation has been preserved and has kept true to the principles upon which it was founded.

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 nineteenth day of June 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