WHEREAS, our freedom as individuals and our growth as a Nation have their beginnings in the Constitution of the United States, signed at Philadelphia on September 17, 1787; and

WHEREAS, this document not only formed the foundation for our own nation but provided a pattern for many other nations that later sought liberty and justice under law; and

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

WHEREAS, it is most fitting that all our citizens, both native-born and naturalized, observe the birthday of the Constitution and reaffirm their determination 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 Thursday, September 17, 1959, 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, laying the foundation for the birth of a new nation, I designate the period beginning September 17 and ending September 23, 1959, as


and urge that our schools, colleges, churches, veteran and other patriotic organizations mark Citizenship Day and Constitution Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities stressing the full significance of American citizenship.

I also order that the national and state flags be flown from public buildings as visual reminders to all of us to protect and practice the rights and privileges granted by the Constitution and sustained and defended by generations of dedicated Americans.

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 second day of September 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-fourth.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State