Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, this year marks the four hundred eightieth anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492; and

WHEREAS, the intervening years have brought great benefits to people throughout the world from ideas and products that have originated on this continent; and

WHEREAS, Title I, Section 501 of the Delaware Code, as amended, designates the second Monday in October as a legal holiday to pay tribute to Christopher Columbus;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 9, 1972, as


in Delaware and urge all residents of The First State to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies recognizing the courage and perseverance of Christopher Columbus and the many blessings bestowed on man as a result of his discovery.

FURTHER, I request that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Delaware be flown on all public buildings on this day.

[N 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 28th

(GREAT SEAL) day of September 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