The pilgrim fathers gave thanks unto God for guidance and protection during the turbulent days of that period. They enjoyed life peacefully and could worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. Their fields had yielded plentifully, and poverty and pestilence had been banished from their land.

During the year of 1946, we have been blessed with fruitful fields, peaceful skies, healthy bodies, and new hope for permanent peace and the extension of the principles of human rights. To these bounties numerous others may be added, and for these and many other blessings, it is fitting and proper that we receive all of these gifts with humility and gratitude, and give thanks to Almighty God.

THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set apart and proclaim Thursday, the 28th day of November, A. D. 1946 as a


and urge all people to appropriately observe the day in places of employment, houses of worship, and in their homes which are the cradles of our liberty. Let us inform our children of the significance of the day as we take stock of the graciousness of Almighty God, and recognize our dependence upon Him. Let us accept our blessings with humility and thanksgiving. May they serve to unite us with the rest of the world, and let the flag of our State and nation be displayed as a symbol of gratitude and reverence.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,. I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this twentieth day of November 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 seventy-first.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.