STATE OF DELAWARE
Whereas, the need and value of conserving our natural resources must always be foremost in our minds and hearts; and
Whereas, many forests are harvested annually as a part of our economy thereby making it desirable to encourage every citizen to plant trees which in turn will replenish this most necessary resource; and
Whereas, our woodlands, in addition to providing an important source of revenue, also provide the beauty and shade which adds color to our countryside and serves as shelter for our birds and other wildlife; and
Whereas, our forefathers, in recognition of the benefits and influence of such bountiful gifts showered upon the lives and fortunes of future generations, sought to communicate to their successors and understanding and appreciation of our natural assets by providing for the observance of one day 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, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 25, 1969, as
ARBOR AND BIRD DAY
in the State of Delaware, and urge schools, civic organizations and private citizens to hold appropriate exercises on that day to stimulate widespread awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic, physical and economical values of forest, wildlife and every individual tree that blesses our landscape.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Russell W. Peterson, 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 14th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-third.
RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor
Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State