STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States, on May 20, 1933, designated May 22 as National Maritime Day and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe that day; and
WHEREAS, commerce between nations, which was interrupted during the war but which has now been restored, is of the highest economic importance to our State, country and the world at large; and
WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine is making a great contribution to the peace of the world through the transportation of needed goods to our neighbors overseas, thus serving the program of democracy and understanding throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, the maintenance of a Merchant Marine to handle the requirements of our trade and national defense is one of the policies of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Steamship "SAVANNAH" made the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion on May 22, 1819, thereby becoming the forerunner of modern marine transportation; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has been closely associated with many varied maritime activities and has had a proud history of maritime accomplishments;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do- hereby proclaim Monday, May 22, 1950 as
"NATIONAL MARITIME DAY"
in Delaware and urge that the people of our State observe that day by displaying the flags of our State and Nation at their home and at other suitable places in honor and recognition of those who have carried on and are continuing to participate in the tradition and development of our great Merchant Marine.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carve], 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 of May, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fourth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State