WHEREAS, November 10, 1942 will mark the one hundred and sixty-seventh anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps by resolution of the Continental Congress, and

WHEREAS, this Branch of our armed services has seen action against all our Nation's foes from the battle of Trenton to the critical struggle in the Solomons, and

WHEREAS, such has been its notable fidelity that the word Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue, and

WHEREAS, men of Delaware have always been represented, in the Corps and we recall with especial pleasure that a Delawarean, Lieut. General Thomas Holcomb, is its present commanding officer, who by his brilliant career has added lustre to its fame and brought honor to the State of his nativity,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim




and urge that the people of Delaware observe this anniversary in grateful remembrance of their sacrifices and of their meritorious services to our Country, and I also request that our schools arrange some appropriate exercises so that the achievements of the U. S. Marines on many far-flung battle fronts may be brought to the attention of our younger generation, whose safety and hope for the future has been made secure in part, at least, by the gallant services of our Soldiers of the Sea. And let the Flag of our Country be displayed as a token of our respect.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed, this fourth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand

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

By the Governor:

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