CHAPTER 816

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, one hundred eighty-six years ago, on December 7, 1787, Delaware, by its unanimous action in adopting the new Federal Constitution, became the first State in the Union; and

WHEREAS, this was an event of great significance not only for Delaware but for the Nation as well; and

WHEREAS, in the intervening years, the United States Constitution has served as a beacon for the hopeless and as an inspiration to all who seek freedom and justice; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that we set aside this one day annually to reflect on the meaning of the United States Constitution and rededicate ourselves to its preservation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, December 7, 1973, as

DELAWARE DAY

and urge all Delawareans to observe this day in December in the same spirit as when we became the first State and to join in meaningful and appropriate ceremonies to commemorate this important event.

FURTHER, I request that the Flags of Delaware and the United States be properly displayed from all public buildings on this day.

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 5th day of December,

(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 ninety-eighth.

SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor

Attest : ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State