STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth of September is the 137th anniversary of the composition of our National Anthem--The Star Spangled Banner--by Francis Scott Key; and
WHEREAS, this thrilling anthem was composed during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in our second War of Independence--the War of 1812--at a moment when the very existence of our young Republic was at stake; and
WHEREAS, The Star Spangled Banner epitomizes the valor and gallantry in combat of our forefathers in that conflict which resulted in glorious victories upon both land and sea; and
WHEREAS, in the splendor of the National Anthem are expressed the ideals that engendered and preserved our great Nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the Fourteenth of September, Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-one, to be
"NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY"
in the State of Delaware.
All citizens, the public schools and other educational institutions, and all patriotic, veterans' and service organizations are urged to observe this day with appropriate exercises and otherwise, to the end that there may be perpetuated the memory of the services rendered by the patriots in that conflict and by all others who have fought in defense of the lofty sentiments of freedom and liberty contained in our inspiring National Anthem.
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 Sixth day of September, 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-sixth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARTEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.