STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Delaware is authorized by its statutes to set aside one day annually as Arbor and Bird Day; and
WHEREAS, "he may request its observance by all public schools, private schools, colleges and other institutions, by the planting of trees and the adornment of the school and public grounds, and by suitable exercises, having for their object the advancement of the study of arbor culture and promotion of the spirit of protection to birds and trees and the cultivation of an appreciative sentiment concerning them;" and
WHEREAS, this is the eighty-ninth year that Arbor Day will have been observed in the United States, having been founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton; and
WHEREAS, Arbor Day is important because we want to see our natural resources preserved and add to the beauty of trees and flowers on our premises and in our parks;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Friday, April 28, 1961, as
ARBOR DAY IN DELAWARE
and urge all our schools to plant trees and to hold appropriate exercises on that day to recognize the need for mass consciousness of the aesthetic, physical and economic value of tree and bird life.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carve', 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 18th day of April, in the Year of Our Lord, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one, and of the Independence of the United States the One hundred and eighty-fifth.
ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor
Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State