CHAPTER 842

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Delaware and all America continue in the throes of an energy crisis which could have serious consequences upon the health, welfare and economy of Delaware and her citizens; and

WHEREAS, Delawareans have exhibited, commendably, their willingness to individually adopt voluntary measures to help ameliorate this crisis; and

WHEREAS, Proclamations concerning certain energy conservation measures have been well-received and heeded by our citizens; and

WHEREAS, it is essential, that Government, the private business and industrial community and all our citizens do all in their power to assist in alleviating the crisis by conserving precious energy reserves and resources; and

WHEREAS, a deeply-rooted tradition of marking the Christmas holidays by displaying multi-colored electrical decorations has developed in this nation and in this State; and

WHEREAS, a substantial conservation of Delaware's useable energy reserves can be realized by the voluntary reduction of exterior electrical Christmas decorations; and

WHEREAS, because of the cooperation of the citizens of Delaware in other programs initiated to conserve energy reserves and because of the special nature of the Christmas season, it is not necessary to command the elimination of outdoor electrically operated decorations; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, hereby suggest and earnestly request that Delawareans continue conservation of energy by voluntarily limiting the electrical illumination of exterior Christmas displays or decorations, to the mid-evening hours of 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

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 December,

(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-ninth.

SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor

Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State