The status of citizenship has been acquired by many during the past year, some through naturalization, and others by attaining their majority.

These new citizens have not only shared in the fruits of victory over those who had for their prime purpose the suppression of liberty and freedom and domination of the peoples of the world, but they also of necessity have assumed the responsibilities which naturally flow from citizenship and are accountable to posterity for the manner in which those responsibilities are met in the years to follow.

There has never been a time in the history of our Nation when good, solid citizens, interested in the perpetuation of our Republic, were needed more than they are now. For the good of the future of our country, let us hope that not only the new citizens of the past year, but all of our citizens will discharge their duties and responsibilities of citizenship in a manner worthy of Americans.

The President of the United States, in conformity with Federal Law, has proclaimed the third Sunday in May as the seventh "I am an American Day" and urges that our new citizens be appropriately honored on that day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and set apart Sunday, May 19, 1946 as


and request our citizens, churches, civic and patriotic organizations, to hold appropriate exercises and ceremonies designed to impress upon those who have during the past year become full-fledged citizens of our Nation, the nature and obligation of their new status, and to create in their hearts and minds the innate desire and determination to carry on the sound traditions of the Republic, and keep "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".

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-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventieth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.