CHAPTER 888

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, in the year 1621, Pilgrim settlers in New England paused in their struggle for survival in a new land to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings bestowed upon them; and Whereas, it ha s been a hallowed American tradition to con tinue this observance each year and to set aside a day for thoughtful gratitude for the material benefits and for the liberties which the inhabitants of our great Country enjoy; and

Whereas, it is especially appropriate that we be grateful for those blessings which we now enjoy and that we join in prayerful hope that similar blessings may one day be the lot of all mankind in a world free from privation and the threat of war; and

Whereas, by a joint resolution of the Congress of the United States and by Paragraph 501, Chapter 5, Title 1 of the Delaware Code, the fourth Thursday of each November has been proclaimed Thanksgiving Day and is to be observed as a legal holiday;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Russell W. Peterson, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1970, as

THANKSGIVING DAY

in Delaware and urge residents of the First State, with their families and friends, to join in heartfelt Thanksgiving for our Nation's plenty and for our blessings of freedom and justice. FURTHER, I request that all citizens of Delaware display the National and State flags, and join in praying for the attainment of a peaceful world in which brotherhood, justice and happi ness flourish.

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 eighteenth day of November 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-fifth.

(GREAT SEAL)

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor

Atte st: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State