WHEREAS, after years of peace and after we had hoped that our country would not again need to participate in war, nevertheless, we have been obliged to accept the gage of battle, the outcome of which will decide the future of our institutions, and

WHEREAS, never before in the history of our nation have we faced, together with our allies, such a combination of power that is seeking to overcome us and thereby to change our way of life and the system of government under which we live, and

WHEREAS, as never before we need as a people to center our thoughts upon national unity, and the symbolism of our Flag to the end that all our resources and strength shall be devoted to the defense of our country and to the overthrow of the determined forces which on many battlefronts today are seeking our destruction; and

WHEREAS, the period of JUNE 8-14 has been designated as FLAG WEEK by the United States Flag Association, during which suitable patriotic exercises are to be conducted to pay homage to our National Emblem as one more evidence of the courage and patriotism, love and loyalty of the American People; and

WHEREAS, it is also appropriate at this season of the year nearing the day designated as Memorial Day, to center our thoughts upon our National Flag and the men of our Armed Forces whose sacrifices in all our wars and on many fields of conflict have upheld it throughout all our history as a Nation, and by our devotion to the flag and all that it symbolizes to keep the faith with all our soldiers, many of whom have given in its defense, the last full measure of devotion ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim JUNE 8-14 as FLAG WEEK and direct that during this period the Flag of the United States be displayed on all of our State buildings. Furthermore, I do urge the people of Delaware to display the Stars and Stripes at their homes, schools, places of business and elsewhere, and to conduct patriotic ceremonies as a public expression of our love of Country, national unity, and allegiance to our National Emblem, the symbol of our civic faith, the beacon of hope to liberty-loving people throughout the world.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this twenty-fifth

(GREAT SEAL) day of May, in the year of our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-two.

By the Governor:

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