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, 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 fount of hope and promise not only to Americans but also to the peoples of all the world; and

WHEREAS, on July 4, 1961, patriotic Americans everywhere will observe, with appropriate ceremony, the 185th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Tuesday, July 4, 1961, shall be observed in this state as


FURTHER, I order that the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Delaware shall be properly displayed from all state and public buildings on this day, and I urge all our citizens to join in this display of our national colors in recognition of the significance of this great event in our history thanks to Almighty God for the blessings we enjoy as citizens of this Great Republic.

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 9th day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-one and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fifth.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State