WHEREAS, for the first time in our history an enemy has the power to loose the tremendous destructive power of modern weapons on the American mainland; and

WHEREAS, our military leaders have emphasized time and again that in the face of modern weapons of mass destruction, military measures alone cannot protect our vital industries from being destroyed and our people from being killed; and

WHEREAS, our National Civil Defense program as a whole has not yet reached the level of preparedness essential to our national security, thus creating a dangerous unbalance in our total preparedness; and

WHEREAS, a strong civil defense military program is not just a shield, but a sword; without preparedness on the home front, we are inviting attack. With such preparedness, Civil Defense can be a major force in helping keep the peace; and

WHEREAS, the kind of home defense program strong enough to protect our homeland requires individual action and complete community support:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the period from Armistice Day to Thanksgiving Day (November 11 to 27, 1952) as a special time for home defense action by all our citizens, and do call upon every citizen and every organized group in each community to reaffirm our national unity and devotion as Americans and to participate in our Civil Defense "Pledge for Home Defense" Campaign; thus expressing our active rededication as a free people by voluntarily signifying willingness to train ourselves and members of our families in self-protection and to be included in a register of potential volunteers from which our Civil Defense Organization can select volunteer leaders for specialized civil defense training in the months to come.

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 Twelfth day of November, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.