WHEREAS this year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, an event which must recall the contribution of fire insurance to the National Defense and the bulwark it has been in the development and progress of America; And

WHEREAS each year, notwithstanding the tendency to recognize the importance of fire prevention through educational activities and fire control through the vigilance of the fire companies of the various cities and towns, loss sustained by fire reaches staggering heights; And

WHEREAS, now, as never before, when all our man power, all of our resources, are needed for building a foolproof National Defense, it is imperative that the citizens of our nation become cognizant of the activities in all fields of fire prevention and fire control.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and set aside the week of

May 21-28, 1941



and to the end that the devastation wrought by fire, not only in property values, but in the loss of lives as well, may be avoided and eliminated wherever possible, I call upon all civic bodies to sponsor a program in support of this vital subject, and request the citizens of Delaware to cooperate in a sincere effort to build a stronger national defense through a more alert fire defense.

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 fourteenth day of May, in the year

(GREAT SEAL) 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.