WHEREAS, the freedom that we enjoy is a precious heritage created by our forefathers, the founders of this great Nation, and defended and preserved by succeeding generations of liberty-loving Americans; and

WHEREAS, the pattern for our form of government was established by a Federal Constitution adopted in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, and subsequently submitted to the thirteen former colonies for individual ratification or rejection; and

WHEREAS, a special convention of ten delegates from each of Delaware's three counties met in the Old State House, Dover, on December 7, 1787, and unanimously ratified the aforesaid constitution, such action being the first taken by any state; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of this action, which served to give us the title of "First State", the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue annually a proclamation calling for observance of the anniversary of this historic event; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Wednesday, December 7, 1960, as


and urge our schools, churches, civic and fraternal organizations to provide appropriate observance of this significant event.

FURTHER, I direct that, on this day, our national and state flags be flown from all public buildings and I urge all our citizens to join in this display of the colors.

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-third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand none hundred and sixty and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-fifth.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State