Whereas, on October 12, our good neighbors of North America and South America will join all Americans in honoring the memory and accomplishments of the courageous men, led by Christopher Columbus, who sailed previously uncharted seas to discover a New World; and

Whereas, the discovery of America on October 12, 1492, opened a new and brighter era in the history of mankind; and

Whereas, the fine Italian hand of earlier craftsmen is reflected in our civilization and culture; and Delawareans of Italian descent are daily making outstanding contributions to this great Nation in every conceivable field of endeavor; and

Whereas, even today, new discoveries--on land, under the seas and in outer space--are being made by courageous men and women following the example set 476 years ago by Christopher Columbus; and

Whereas, this annual observance serves to remind us of the courage and contributions made by Christopher Columbus and other great explorers, and of the many blessings that are ours by virtue of living in this great Nation; and

Whereas, Title 1, Sec. 501 of the Delaware Code sets aside the 12th of October as a legal holiday in the State of Delaware;

Now, therefore, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim Saturday, October 12, 1968, as


and I urge all citizens of the First State, particularly those associated with our schools and colleges, to mark with appropriate ceremonies this 476th anniversary of the discovery of America. I also request that the American Flag and the Flag of the State of Delaware, be flown on all public buildings on this significant occasion.

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 25th day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-third.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State