STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, an American-flag Merchant Marine adequate for the needs of trade, travel, and defense promotes the economy and security of our Nation, which are vitally important factors in the stabilization of world conditions; and
WHEREAS, the development and maintenance of such a Merchant Marine depend upon public understanding and appreciation of its functions; and
WHEREAS, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, (48 Stat. 73), designated May 22 as National Maritime Day in order to give recognition to the important role of the Merchant Marine by commemorating the anniversary of the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion, made by the steamship Savannah, which departed from Savannah, Georgia, on May 22, 1819;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 22, 1951, 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. Carvel, 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-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fifth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.