CHAPTER 833

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the people of Greece established the "Birthplace of Democracy"; and

WHEREAS, the people of Greece and their descendants have displayed the highest ideals of personal liberty and social and political responsibility; and

WHEREAS, the learned, imaginative, and critical character of the Greek civilization has provided many of the greatest achievements of the human mind; and

WHEREAS, the Greek citizens of Delaware reflect the experience, belief, and aspirations of a vital society that contains the poetry of common life and a vision of prophecy; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, 1821, Bishop Patron Germanos declared the Independence of the Nation of Greece after 400 years of slavery; and

WHEREAS, the date of March 25, 1974, brings to mind that Declaration of Independence;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the date of March 25, 1974, as

DELAWARE APPRECIATION OF THE

1821 INDEPENDENCE OF GREECE DAY

and urge all citizens of Delaware to recall with appreciation that the concept of democracy as experienced in the United States began in the great nation of ancient Greece.

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 23rd day of March,

(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