Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by sincere men expressing the desire of a new Nation to be the master of its own destiny; and

WHEREAS, Caesar Rodney, George Read and Thomas McKean, at great personal risk and with undaunted courage, affixed their names to this document as representatives of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the successful implementation of this resolution brought with it a new set of principles to guide free men in the conduct of their affairs; and

WHEREAS, Delaware patriots have defended the ideals of this Nation, in assemblies in conflict, from the time of its inception;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim July 4, 1972, as


in Delaware, and I order the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Delaware to be properly displayed from all public buildings, schools and institutions on this day, and I urge all residents of the First State to join in this observance by displaying the Flags of the State and Nation from their homes and places of business.

FURTHER, I urge the ringing of bells for five minutes beginning at Noon on this Independence Day, from whatever buildings, towers and steeples they may occupy, as a sign of public rejoicing for this historic event. In addition, I request that all motorists driving in Delaware from 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4, do so with their headlights on, 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 1st day

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

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor WALTON H. SIMPSON, Secretary of State