WHEREAS, in the words of the Constitution of the United States of America it is desirable to "insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity", and

WHEREAS, the events of the past few years have forcefully demonstrated the fallacy of sole reliance upon international agreements and fair dealing to insure peace between nations; the forces now loosed throughout the world emphasize the fact that military and naval strength and the ability to intelligently use that strength, and

WHEREAS, all of us desire to preserve our homes and institutions from possible aggression and to insure for us the blessings guaranteed under our Constitution, and

WHEREAS the Reserve Officers Association of the United States annually sponsors a period known as "National Defense Week", during which our citizens are urged to give thought to the means provided for their national security and to take such steps as appear advisable in the light of the facts obtained to provide for adequate National Defense;

THEREFORE, I, Richard C. McMullen, Governor of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of February 12th, as


so that the people of our State may individually and through various organizations give thought to the armed forces of the State and Nation and better understand these agencies of our National Defense; and urge that during the time set aside the flags of the United States of America and the State of Delaware be displayed at their homes and other suitable public places.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be affixed at Dover, this eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and sixty-fourth.


By the Governor:


JOSIAH MARVEL, JR., Secretary of State.