CHAPTER 2

UNKNOWN SAILORS' CEMETERY

AN ACT DESIGNATING CERTAIN PUBLIC LANDS NEAR THE COAST GUARD STATION NEAR LEWES, DELAWARE, AS A MEMORIAL CEMETERY AND PROVIDING FOR THE CARE AND SUPERVISION THEREOF.

WHEREAS, certain public lands hereinafter described have for a long period of time been used as a cemetery principally for the burial of sailors, the names of many of whom have always remained unknown; and,

WHEREAS, for a long period of time there has been no provision for the care and maintenance of said land as a cemetery; THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the public lands hereinafter described be and they are hereby set aside and designated as a memorial cemetery and shall be maintained solely for that purpose. Said cemetery shall be known as the "Unknown Sailors' Cemetery" and shall include the following described lands:

Beginning at a point on the north edge of the State Highway leading from the Town of Lewes towards the old Henlopen Lighthouse Reservation, said point being 171 feet east from the lines of Lewes Coast Guard Station and corner for lands in possession of Louis L. Faynter, and thence running along and with one line of said lands 577 feet to a point at high water mark on Delaware Bay, thence along the high water mark of said Bay southeast 350 feet to a point corner for land leased to the Lewes Fertilizer Company, now in possession of Smith Meal Company, thence along and with one line of said lands southwest 568 feet to a point in the north edge of the above described highway, thence along and with the north edge of said Highway 385 feet home to the place of beginning.

Section 2. That the Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities, a corporation of the State of Delaware, be and the same is hereby appointed and constituted a State agency or authority of the State of Delaware to carry out the provisions of this Act. Said Society shall have full power and authority to provide for the care and maintenance and the reconstruction and restoration of said cemetery, with the power and authority to make application to any Federal Department, board or agency for the performance of any necessary work and to accept any grant which may be available to it as such State agency or to the State of Delaware for the purpose of the reconstruction and restoration of said cemetery.

Approved May 4, 1939.