WHEREAS the observance of National Music Week during the early part of May, each year, has become a well established custom in more than 3000 cities and towns throughout the country, and is everywhere acknowledged as having an important influence on the spread of musical interest and activity in the United States. And,

WHEREAS, the 1941 observance is of particular interest because of its Inter-American phase, to be inaugurated this year and its extension to Canada and the countries of South and Central America is in line with the President's Good Neighbor Policy, and represents a particularly appropriate, appealing and timely use of music.

Music has been one of the most influential factors in the history of mankind, and though our knowledge of same may be great or small, music is the one common language through which we can best express and advance our common aspirations. The steady growth in the observance of National Music Week, and its harmonizing influence indicates the desirability of continuing this means of cultural enjoyment.

Now, Therefore, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate the week of

May 4 to May 11



and trust that the observance of this week will be celebrated with special programs in the schools, churches, women's clubs, music clubs, service organizations and other groups, and will result in a wider knowledge of the music of our neighboring countries, as well as to encourage and stimulate an increasing enjoyment in the field of music.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of said State, at Dover, this twenty-eighth day of April, in the

(GREAT SEAL) year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-fifth.

By the Governor:

WALTER W. BACON EARLE D. WILLEY, Secretary of State.