Delaware General Assembly





WHEREAS, in this great land of peace and plenty each individual is endowed with a type of freedom heralded throughout the world as our precious heritage; and

WHEREAS, Richard Bassett, Gunning Bedford, Jr., Jacob Broom, John Dickinson, and George Reed represented Delaware in the Federal Constitution Convention which drafted the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, following the adoption of this Constitution, on September 17, 1787, each of the thirteen colonies was called upon to express its desires regarding this document; and

WHEREAS, this great document was unanimously ratified by a special convention of ten delegates elected from each of Delaware's three counties who met in Dover, on December 7, 1787; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of this action the General Assembly of the State of Delaware by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue annually a proclamation designating each December 7th as "Delaware Day" in commemoration of this historic event; and

WHEREAS, on this December 7th, the State of Delaware will observe with appropriate ceremonies the 178th anniversary of this brave and foresighted action which gave our State its proud title of "First State":

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Tuesday, December 7, 1965, as


and urge our schools, churches, civic and fraternal organizations to participate in appropriate observance of this proud and historic event.

FURTHER, I direct that on this day our national and state flags be flown from all public buildings, and I urge all citizens to join in this display of the colors.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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

(GREAT SEAL) 12th day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninetieth.


Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State