Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, the Delaware delegation convened in Dover on December 7, 1787 voted unanimously to ratify the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Delaware was the first State to grant its approval and consent for the enactment of this unique and enduring document; and

WHEREAS, in the intervening one hundred eighty-five years, the Constitution has served as a beacon for the hopeless, a shield for the oppressed and an inspiration to all who seek freedom and justice; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that we pause annually to reflect on the meaning of the Constitution and rededicate ourselves to its preservation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Thursday, December 7, 1972, as


in Delaware and urge all residents of the First State to join in meaningful and appropriate ceremonies to commemorate this important event. I urge Delaware citizens to pray each in his own way that we may all be instilled with the spirit of enlightenment that guided the authors and architects of the Constitution.

FURTHER, I request that the Flags of Delaware and the United States be properly displayed from all public buildings on this day.

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 20th day of

(GREAT SEAL) November 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-seventh.

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