During the past year citizenship, has been granted through naturalization to thousands of foreign-born men and women, and a large number of our native-born youth have attained their majority and full citizenship.

These citizens are adding strength to our Republic in its struggle to suppress tyranny and in its endeavor to establish a lasting International peace for the benefit of the people's of all Nations.

In conformity with the provisions of Public Resolution No. 67 approved May 3, 1940, the President of the United States proclaimed the third Sunday in May as the sixth "I am an American Day" and urged that the day be appropriately observed in honor of these new citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and set apart Sunday, May 20, 1945 as


as a day to pay honor to those who have recently become full-fledged members of our Nation, and to reaffirm our allegiance to the principles of American citizenship, and I urge our citizens, our religious institutions and our patriotic and civic organizations, to hold appropriate exercises designed to impress upon those who have recently attained the status of full citizenship the nature of the privileges acquired and the responsibilities assumed in preserving and maintaining the security of our Republic and the advancement of its welfare.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, 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 fourteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and forty-five and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-ninth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.