WHEREAS, our National Government has inaugurated an unprecedented peacetime extension of our Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; and

WHEREAS, the Civilian Defense program is endeavoring to strengthen all those services so essential to the public health and welfare and,

WHEREAS, though the threat of natural catastrophe or disaster such as flood, hurricane, drought, fire, epidemic, is ever of major concern, world conditions continue to cause intense distress among innocent victims, making essential American aid to suffering humanity abroad; and

WHEREAS the American Red Cross always stands in readiness to assist in great emergencies and is equipped to serve not only the men of our armed forces and their loved ones at home, but to render protection and relief to stricken non-combatants and refugees abroad.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim the period of the 1941 AMERICAN RED CROSS ANNUAL ROLL CALL, from November 11 to November 30, as a time during which the public spirited people of this State, both men and women, boys and girls, should make every effort to support and strengthen the Red Cross by enrolling through our local chapters as members of the Red Cross, or by renewing their memberships in it ; and I urge that all of us work to the end that enrollment in the Red Cross may be larger than ever before, in order to enable this great national organization to meet whatever demands may be made upon it. Our concerted efforts will not only demonstrate our confidence in the work of the Red Cross, but will help them in their endeavor to relieve suffering humanity.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto and caused the Great Seal of the be hereunto affixed at Dover, this of October, in the year of our Lord

(GREAT SEAL) nine hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-sixth.

By the Governor:

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