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 the adoption of this brilliant and inspiring document which helped to pave the way for the establishing of our Nation in 1787 with Delaware as its First State; and

WHEREAS, this Declaration and the now great Country to which it gave birth stand as a mount of hope and promise for Americans and all the peoples of the world; and

WHEREAS, on July 4, 1962, with appropriate ceremonies, patriotic Americans everywhere will observe, the 186th 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 Wednesday, July 4, 1962, 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 and state colors in recognition of the significance of this great event in our history.

It is my further hope that, while our citizens are enjoying this holiday, they will pause to give 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 4th day of June 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.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State