WHEREAS, since 1621 when Pilgrim settlers paused in their struggle for survival in a new land to celebrate the first Thanksgiving, it has been a tradition for Americans to set aside one day each year to reflect on our many blessings; and

WHEREAS, our land has been endowed with bountiful material riches and unsurpassed opportunities for its people to achieve a satisfying and rewarding life; and

WHEREAS, as we reflect on our good fortune, we also recognize the obligation to preserve these blessings for future generations; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution, and the Delaware Code, by Title I, Chapter 5, Paragraph 501, have established the fourth Thursday of each November as Thanksgiving Day, to be observed as a legal holiday;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 23, 1972, as


in Delaware and urge all residents of The First State to join in heartfelt Thanksgiving for our Nation's blessings and to show particular concern for those citizens who are lonely, poor, elderly or unable to be with their families and friends for this observance.

FURTHER, I request that all citizens of Delaware display the National and State Flags and join in seeking the guidance of Almighty God that our Nation and the entire world may be filled with peace, justice, goodwill and tolerance.


(GREAT SEAL) 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 20th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-seventh.

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor WALTON H. SIMPSON, Secretary of State