WHEREAS, on October 12, citizens of South American countries and our neighbors to the north and south will join Americans everywhere in honoring the memory and accomplishments of the courageous men, led by Christopher Columbus, who sailed previously uncharted seas to discover a "new world;" and

WHEREAS, the discovery of America on October 12, 1492, opened a new and brighter era in the history of mankind; and

WHEREAS, even today, new discoveries—on land, under the seas and in outer space—are being made by courageous men and women following the example set 469 years ago by Christopher Columbus; and

WHEREAS, this annual observance serves to remind us of the courage and contributions of Christopher Columbus and other great explorers, and also of the many blessings that are ours by virtue of living in this great Nation; and

WHEREAS, Title 1, Section 501 of the Delaware Code sets aside the 12th of October as a legal holiday in Delaware:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim Thursday, October 12, 1961, as


and I urge all Delawareans—and particularly those who are teachers or students—to mark with appropriate ceremonies this 469th anniversary of the discovery of America.

Further, I request the display of the American Flag and the Flag of the State of Delaware on all public buildings on this most significant occasion.

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 tenth day of October, 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-sixth.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State