STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, we are ever conscious of the value of conserving our natural resources; and
WHEREAS, our citizens should be encouraged to increase planting of seedling trees which in turn replenishes the stock harvested annually as a part of our economy; and
WHEREAS, our woodlands are an important source of revenue, they are also an important resource for their beauty and shade which adds color to our countryside and serves as shields for our birds and other wildlife; and
WHEREAS, our forefathers, in recognition of the benefits and influence of these bountiful gifts upon the lives and fortunes of our people and their responsibilities to posterity, sought to communicate to their successors an understanding and appreciation of forests, trees and birds by providing for the observance of one day of each year as Arbor and Bird Day; and
WHEREAS, Title 1, Section 501, of the Delaware Code, as amended, provides that the last Friday in April of each year shall be proclaimed as Arbor and Bird Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Friday, April 26, 1963, as
ARBOR AND BIRD DAY
in the State of Delaware, and urge all our schools and civic organizations to hold appropriate exercises on that day to stimulate mass consciousness and appreciation of the aesthetic, physical and economic value of tree and bird life.
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 11th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-seventh.
ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor
ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State