CHAPTER 850

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, due to the untiring efforts of Miss Anna Jarvis, Mother's Day was officially observed for the first time on May 10, 1908; and

Whereas, in 1914 the President of the United States proclaimed the second Sunday in May of each year for the nationwide observance of Mother's Day; and

Whereas, Section 29, Paragraph 2107, Laws of Delaware, provides that the Governor of Delaware may issue a proclamation setting aside the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day; and

Whereas, it is appropriate that a specific day be set aside for the purpose of honoring our Mothers whose unselfish devotion, tenderness, patience, understanding, and loving discipline creates a benevolent influence which guides us throughout our lives; and

Whereas, we can best repay our debt to our Mothers by living such lives every day as to reflect only credit upon those who brought us into this world and carefully nurtured us to maturity.

Now, therefore, I, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 11, 1969, as

MOTHER'S DAY

in Delaware, and encourage all citizens to take this opportunity to publicly honor their Mothers by attending at least one service in the church of their choice in solemn recognition of the sacrifices, inspiration, and love given of so freely by all Mothers.

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 7th day of May 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.

(GREAT SEAL)

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor

Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State