The Great Seal of the State of Delaware was adopted on January 17, 1777. Original elements of the seal are described below.
The images on Delaware’s official great seal symbolize the foundations of the state’s economy and a part of the state's history. Note that each of Delaware's three counties is represented.
There is a series of three dates on the seal above; 1793; 1847; and 1907. Each of these dates represents a year that a change was made to the seal.
On April 9, 2003, Representative Wayne Smith introduced House Bill No. 128 in to the Delaware House of Representatives. This bill suggested that the dates representing the physical changes to the seal be replaced by dates "...that have more substantial historic significance."
House Bill No. 128 proposed that the years 1704, 1776 and 1787 should replace the current dates on the seal and indicated the historical significance of the replacement dates.
The bill was approved by the Delaware House of Representatives on April 29, 2004.
On June 17, 2004, sixth grader Yaxier Torres and seven of his classmates from Bayard Elementary Schoolin Wilmington, entered Legislative Hall in Dover. They were there to speak on behalf of the date changes proposed by House Bill No. 128, explaining why the current dates on the seal were not relevant to Delaware history and confused them.
According to Delaware's NewarkPost:
"When the strike of the gavel announced the opening of the afternoon session and HB 128 was introduced, one by one the students stepped to the podium and presented their case. The students cited historical, educational and economic value. When the role call for vote was made, the bill was unanimously passed."
The Delaware House of Representatives and the Delaware Senate had both approved House Bill No. 128
On June 28, 2004, Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed the legislation that changed the dates on the Great Seal of the State of Delaware.
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