STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, it is extremely necessary to continue the battle against poliomyelitis (better known as infantile paralysis) in order to spare the lives and limbs of our loved ones ; and
WHEREAS, much progress has been made through education, scientific research and ministering to the afflicted through the generous contributions of American citizens everywhere ; and
WHEREAS, Delawareans have always responded kindly when a call for action is forthcoming from those who serve our state in this great crusade ; and
WHEREAS, hope arises that preventive measures may be developed through the new vaccine, gamma globulin, we must realize that the basis of this hope is still largely in the experimental stage and is not yet fully developed ; and that large sums are still needed to further that development; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that until such measures are found which will prevent or cure this dread disease we must all come to the aid of this worthy cause ;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that January, 1954, be observed as
MARCH OF DIMES MONTH IN DELAWARE
I know that because of our close relationship in this small state, where each realizes the suffering which infantile paralysis brings to our neighbors, we will do all in our power to make the campaign a success.
It is my sincere hope that the workers will be met with a warm heart and an open purse as this drive proceeds during the month.
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 thirty-
(Great Seal) first day of December 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-eighth.
J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor
JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State