STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, from its very inception, Delawareans have played a leading and important role in the work of the American Legion; and
WHEREAS, this continuing effort to promote Americanism, provide for the welfare of ill and disabled veterans, their dependents or families, and to encourage programs for youth is most worthy; and
WHEREAS, the principles of the American Legion as outlined in the Preamble of its constitution states that its purpose is to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; and
WHEREAS, during the week of March 15-21, this great veterans' organization will mark the 35th anniversary of its founding in Paris, France, at which time a Delawarean, Thomas W. Miller, served as vice chairman of that caucus:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that the week of March 15-21, 1953, be observed as
AMERICAN LEGION WEEK
and I urge that special thought be given to the Legion's traditional slogan, "Service to Those Who Have Served". It is my hope that all Delawareans will join in honoring this mighty group of veterans whose prime purpose is to "transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness".
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, 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 Thirteenth day of March, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.