WHEREAS, October 27th marks the anniversary of the birth of the late President Theodore Roosevelt, who gave unsparingly of his energy to the task of impressing the American people with the necessity for a modern and adequate Navy and this date has been, since 1922, set aside each year as a day in which to pay tribute to our American Navy, and

WHEREAS, this year will mark the first wartime observance of Navy Day with our fighting fleet now actively engaged for the first time in our Country's history on all the seven seas, and

WHEREAS, the Navy League of the United States has, with the approval of the Secretary of the Navy, again designated October 27th for such national observance,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim Tuesday, October 27, 1942 as


and request that all our citizens join in this tribute to the officers and men of our first line of attack. Let the American Flag be displayed in all public places and our people participate, wherever possible, in exercises recognizing this important observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed, this twentieth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America,

(GREAT SEAL the one hundred and sixty-seventh.

By the Governor:

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