CHAPTER 868

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

Wherea s, this year marks the three hundred and thirty-second anniversary of the settling and establishment of the Colony of New Swe den in 1638 at "The Rocks," now enshrined at Fort Christina Monument in the City of Wilmington; and

Whereas, founded under the leadership of the intrepid Pet er Minuit, Fort Christina became the seat of the fir st permanent settlement in the State of Delaware as well as in the entire Delaware River Valley; and

Whereas, this settlement marked the introduction of govern ment, religion, education, agriculture, commerce, and industry to our State; and

Whereas, Title 29, Cha p ter 21, Section 2109 of the Delaware Code, directs the Governor to proclaim March 29 of each year as "De laware Swedish Colonial Day" in recognition of these events;

Now , therefore, I, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Dela wa re, do he re by pr ocla im Sunda y, March 29, 1970 as

DELAWARE SWEDISH COLONIAL DAY

in our Stat e, and request that on this day, and the days following, our schools, churche s, patriotic and historical societies, and other organizations and institutions commemorate this first permanent settlement upon the so il of the State of Del awa re wit h appropriate cerem o n ies.

I further request State, County, City and Town Govern me nts to display the flags of the United States and of the State of Del a ware on s uch occasions; and that the flags of the United States and the Kingdom of Sweden be flown at the Fort Christina Monument during the period of observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set m y hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 18th day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-fourth.

(GREAT SEAL)

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor

Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State