Delaware General Assembly






Whereas, Delaware patriots performed vital roles in the adoption of a sacred 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 men their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and

Whereas, our great country, and this Declaration, still endure as a source of hope and promise for the peoples of the world; and

Whereas, on this, the 193rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Americans everywhere are being asked to participate in the old form of celebration with the ringing of bells from all edifices;

Now, therefore, I, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that Friday, July 4, 1969, 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 shall 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 so that everyone in this state may be made more fully aware of the historic significance of this occasion. I also request that all motorists drive with their headlights

on from 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th, using low beams during daylight hours, to forcefully remind us of the mounting highway accidents leading to far too many fatalities.

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 23rd day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-third.



Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State