WHEREAS, the freedoms that we enjoy today are 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 action; and

WHEREAS, a special convention of ten delegates from each of Delaware's three counties met in Dover on 'December 7, 1787, and unanimously ratified this constitution, the first state to take such action; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of this act, 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, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Thursday, December 7, 1961, as


and urge all 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, 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 seventeenth day of November, 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