To All To Whom These Presents May Come, Greeting:
WHEREAS, the Preamble to the constitution of the State of Indiana states that “We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution;” and
WHEREAS, Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 stated: “It is impossible to build an empire without our Father’s aid. I believe the sacred writings that say that ‘Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it’ (Psalm 127:1)”; and
WHEREAS, George Washington said: “animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity, and conducting ourselves as the faithful subjects of our free government, we may enjoy every temporal and spiritual felicity”; and
WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”; and
WHEREAS, these and many other truly great men and women of the United States, giants in the structuring of American history, were Christian statesmen of caliber and integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANK O’BANNON, Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim the week of November 22 – 28, 1998, as CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK in the State of Indiana, and invite all Hoosiers to take due note of the observance.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Indiana at the Capitol in Indianapolis on this 6th day of February, 1998.
BY THE GOVERNOR: Frank O’Bannon
Governor of Indiana
ATTEST: Sue Anne Gilroy
Secretary of State