CHAPTER 827

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, J. Sterling Morton established the first Arbor Day on April 10, 1872 in his home state of Nebraska to urge Americans to stop misusing their natural resources; and

WHEREAS, President Warren G. Harding on March 31, 1922 issued a proclamation that urged the Governors of the various states to set aside the last Friday in April as the Golden Anniversary of Arbor Day; and

WHEREAS, the Delaware Association of Nurserymen, as well as other conservation groups, have always worked for the preservation of our nation's forests; and

WHEREAS, the protection of our national resources and most especially the preservation of our forests is vital to the future of our nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim April 26, as

ARBOR DAY

in the State of Delaware and urge all our citizens to work for the preservation of our national resources and most especially our forests.

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 22nd day of February

(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.

SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor

Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State