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 colonies for individual action; and

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

WHEREAS, in recognition of this action, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue annually a proclamation designating each December 7 as "Delaware Day" in commemoration of this historic event; and

WHEREAS, on this December 7, the State of Delaware will observe, with appropriate ceremonies, the 175th anniversary of the brave and foresighted action that served to give our State its proud title of "First State;"

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Friday, December 7, 1962, as


and urge all our schools, churches, civic and fraternal organizations to participate in 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 21st 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.



ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State