STATE OF DELAWARE
In the first months of 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor, civic minded citizens of Delaware who had been leaders and pioneers in aviation united to contribute directly to the war effort. Some of these men made the supreme sacrifice during the late war, and some of them contributed financially to the establishment of the Civil Air Submarine Patrol at Rehoboth. These and other patriotic citizens gave their time to the establishment of the Delaware Division of the Civil Air Patrol, which performed such outstanding service in patrolling the coast in the early days of the war when the Regular Army and Navy organizations did not have adequate equipment or sufficient personnel to give such protection. This group, using their own funds, filled a gap in our defense, which, if left unprotected, might have had far-reaching and disastrous consequences to our National security.
The Civil Air Patrol has now become a recognized unit in the Federal Security Program. It is an arm of our National Defense. It stands in a unique position as part of our National Defense, charged with the duty of stimulating the interest of the younger members of our population in aviation, and authorized and directed to give training to personnel in flying and related activities.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th, the Delaware Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will hold its second Delaware Air Show. In addition to bringing to Delaware many new types of service and commercial aircraft and providing for the citizens of Delaware a demonstration of our air program, it is hoped that this show will stimulate such an interest that the Civil Air Patrol may carry on in peacetime in preparation for any emergency that may arise, and so continue the grand work it did during the late war.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and set apart the week of July 5th through July 11th as
DELAWARE AIR WEEK
and I urge all of the citizens of our State to give to the Delaware Air Show their fullest interest and support.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this second day
(GREAT SEAL) of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-eight, and of the independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-second.
By the Governor:
WALTER W. BACON
WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.