CHAPTER 485

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Thursday, March 29, 1962, will mark the three hundred and twenty-fourth anniversary of the settlement and establishment of the Colony of New Sweden in 1638 at "The Rocks" now enshrined at Fort Christina Monument in the City of Wilmington; and

WHEREAS, Fort Christina, founded under the leadership of the intrepid Peter Minuit, became the seat of the first permanent settlement in the State of Delaware and in the Delaware River Valley as well and marked the introduction of government, religion, education, agriculture, commerce, and industry in our State; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware passed a resolution directing the Governor to proclaim March 29th of each year as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day in cognizance of these contributions; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that this recurring anniversary of the founding of the first permanent settlement upon the soil of Delaware be commemorated by appropriate observances and exercises;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Thursday, March 29, 1962, as

DELAWARE SWEDISH COLONIAL DAY

and request that this day be observed in schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies, and other institutions and organizations with appropriate ceremonies, and that State, county, city and town governments display on that day the flags of the United States and of the State of Delaware, and that the flags of the United States and the Kingdom of Sweden be flown at Fort Christina Monument.

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 16th day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-sixth.

(GREAT SEAL)

ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor

Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State