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 in 1914 for nationwide observance, on the second Sunday in May of each year; and

WHEREAS, Section 29, Paragraph 2107, Laws of Delaware, provides that the Governor of Delaware may issue a Proclamation setting aside the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day; and

WHEREAS, the unselfish devotion, tenderness, understanding, patience and loving discipline, bestowed upon us by our Mothers, creates a benevolent influence that helps to 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, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 14, 1961, as


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

Further, I invite Delawareans to join with me in saluting, and congratulating Mrs. Anna Matthews Aydelotte of Delmar, our 1961 Delaware Mother of the Year, who, as such represents all Delaware Mothers.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, 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 25th 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.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State