WHEREAS, Almighty God has seen fit to bless our land with abundance in all things; and

WHEREAS, it has been customary since the times of the Plymouth-Colony to set aside one day annually to join in prayer and thanksgiving for the many blessings which have been bestowed upon us; and

WHEREAS, we should continuously strive for that unity which will join us in a common effort to establish good will among men, through the acknowledgment of our Lord's graciousness to all of us; and

WHEREAS, there are in other lands those less fortunate who can barely earn their daily bread, and who need the assistance of those who have more than their actual needs; and

WHEREAS, our religious groups of all faiths are presently showing the meaning of being "our brother's keeper" by sponsoring Share-Our-Surplus programs; and

WHEREAS, by supporting these programs we will show the whole world our own appreciation for the blessings we have received and provide an outstanding example in peace and brotherhood; and

WHEREAS, Paragraph 501, Chapter 5, Title 1 of the Delaware Code, as amended, provides that the fourth Thursday in each November shall be proclaimed as Thanksgiving Day and shall be observed as a legal holiday in this state; now,

THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 1962, be observed as


On this day, let us join with our loved ones in giving thanks for the abundance that we Americans enjoy today. Let us share our good fortune with others so that we may carry into positive action the true spirit of brotherhood.

It is appropriate that we close our places of business, display our national and state flags and in unison pray for that day when there shall be no famine, no misery, and no bloodshed throughout the world. We all look toward the day when the world is united in praising the Almighty for His great Goodness to us all.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carve], 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 13th day of November 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-seventh.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State