Centuries ago, some Native American tribes practiced a custom known as "burying the hatchet," which was an important step towards ending conflict, establishing peace and paving the way for cooperation between previously warring factions. Delaware adopted this tradition more than 150 years ago. On Return Day, the day following an election, politicians who had competed for state, federal and local offices gather in Georgetown, Delaware to parade together and actually bury a ceremonial hatchet. This helps remind everyone that bipartisan cooperation inures to the benefit of the entire state. Delaware's practice could serve as an example to those active in politics across the nation.
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