Delaware General Assembly






Whereas, Delaware patriots had a vital role in creating the inspiring document which served to pave the way for the founding of our Nation in 1787 with Delaware as its first state; and

Whereas, on July 4, 1776 , the Declaration of Independence did proclaim to the entire world that this new country, founded in the spirit of freedom under God, guaranteed to all m e n their inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

Whereas, our great Nation, and this Declaration, continually stand as a source of hope and promise for the peoples of the world; and

Whereas, on this the 194th anniversary of this document, Americans everywhere are being asked to participate in the old form of celebration with the ringing of bells from all edifices;

Now, therefore, I, Rus se ll W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Saturday, July 4, 1970, shall be observed as


in Delaware, and I order that the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Delaware be properly displayed from all public buildings on this day, and I urge that all residents of The First State join in this display of our national and state colors on this anniversary.

Further, I request that all edifices possessing bells arrange for the ringing of these bells for five minutes beginning at noon on this Independence Day in order that everyone in the State may be made more fully aware of the historic significance of this occa sion. I a lso request that all motori sts drive with their headlights on from 3: 00 p.m. Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, using low beams during daylight hours, to forcefully remind us of the mounting highway toll.

Further, it is m y fervent hope that, while our citizens are enjoying this holida y, they will pau se to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great Nation.

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 sixteenth day of June 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-fourth.



Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State