Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence affirmed to the world the principles of freedom and justice for all men on which a new nation was founded; and

WHEREAS, these principles have served as a hope and promise to the peoples of all nations since that great day; and

WHEREAS, Delaware patriots played a vital role in the adoption of the document which set forth the guiding precepts on which our liberties are based; and

WHEREAS, on this 195th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Americans everywhere will be observing the old custom of ringing bells in joyful observance of this great occasion in our history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, July 4, 1971, as


in Delaware, and I order that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Delaware be properly displayed from all public buildings on this day, and I urge all residents of the First State to join in the display of flags of the State and Nation from their homes and places of business.

FURTHER, I request that all those whose edifices possess bells arrange for the ringing of those bells for five minutes beginning at noon on this Independence Day in rejoicing at the historic event which it marks. I also request that all motorists drive with their headlights on from 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5, using low beams during daylight hours, as a forcible reminder to drive cautiously during this potentially hazardous period.

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 21st

(GREAT SEAL) day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-one, 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