Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, since 1787 the Constitution of the United States has been the framework of our Nation's government and the bulwark of the liberties of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, leading representatives of Delaware participated in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia which, with wisdom and foresight, drafted that flexible and durable document; and

WHEREAS, Delaware led the Nation by being the first of the thirteen original states to ratify the Constitution by unanimous vote of a convention held at Dover on December 7, 1787; and

WHEREAS, The State That Started A Nation is currently striving to lead the Nation in obtaining solutions to contemporary problems; and

WHEREAS, December 7 was first celebrated as Delaware Day in 1933 by proclamation of Governor C. Douglas Buck;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, do hereby proclaim Monday, December 7, 1970, as


in the First State and urge all schools, civic, fraternal, and veterans organizations to observe this most significant event in our history with appropriate and meaningful ceremonies. I ask that all churches and religious groups mark the occasion by joining in prayer to Almighty God for the inspiration of our leaders and citizens that they may be continually guided by the progressive and enlightened example of the founders of our State.

FURTHER, I direct that on this day our National and State flags be flown from all public buildings, and I urge all citizens to display both flags on their private residences.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, 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 second

(GREAT SEAL) day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-fifth.

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State