CHAPTER 539

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Monday, March 29, 1965, will mark the three hundred and twenty-seventh 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 has 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, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, March. 29, 1965, as

DELAWARE SWEDISH COLONIAL DAY

and request that on this day, and in the days following, our schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies, and other institutions and organizations commemorate this historic occasion with appropriate ceremonies. I also request State, county, city and town governments to display, on such occasions,

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 during the period observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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

(GREAT SEAL) 18th day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-ninth.

CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Governor Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State