STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, William Penn issued a warrant for the surveying of Dover in 1683, one year after his arrival in the New World; and
WHEREAS, the town of Dover was laid out around The Green in 1717 in accordance with Penn's plans, establishing the nucleus around which many historic buildings are clustered; and
WHEREAS, Dover has been Delaware's capital and the center of our Government since 1777, playing a central role in the events which led to the establishment of our Great Nation; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Constitution was first ratified in 1787 in Dover, giving Delaware the right to be called-the First State and the State That Started A Nation; and
WHEREAS, the proud history of our capital city is the cherished heritage of all Delawareans, which by custom we commemorate each year on the first weekend in May;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the weekend of May 5 – 6, 1973, as
OLD DOVER DAYS
in Delaware and encourage residents of the First State to come to the City of Dover and take part in the festivities and observances which mark these days.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, 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 2nd day of May
(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-seventh.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State