WHEREAS, it was on March 29, 1638, that courageous and adventuresome people from Sweden set foot on Delaware and thereby established the first permanent colony in the First State; and

WHEREAS, Tuesday, March 29, 1966, marks the three hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary of the settlement of the colony at "The Rocks" now enshrined at Fort Christina Monument in the City of Wilmington; and

WHEREAS, the establishment of that settlement marked the introduction of government, religion, education, agriculture, commerce and industry not only in our State, but in the entire Delaware Valley; and

WHEREAS, those were the beginnings of a great state and great civilization; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, by joint resolution, has directed the Governor to proclaim March 29th of each year as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day in cognizance of the contributions made by those first Swedish settlers; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that this memorable day in our proud history should be commemorated by public observance and exercises:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, March 29, 1966, as


and request that on this day, and in the days following, our schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies, and other institutions and organizations commemorate this historic occasion with appropriate ceremonies. I also request State, county, city and town governments to display, on such occasions, the flags of the United States and of the State of Delaware, and that the flags of the United States and the Kingdom of Sweden be flown at Fort Christina Monument during the period observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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

(GREAT SEAL) 29th day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninetieth.


Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State