WHEREAS, On March 15 to 17, 1954, the thirty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the American Legion will be observed throughout the nation ; and

WHEREAS, the foundation of this veterans' organization was originated in Paris, France and consummated in St. Louis, Missouri, with the object to serve God and Country; and

WHEREAS, from its very beginning Delaware veterans have played an important role and have been leaders in the field of providing welfare to ill and disabled ex-servicemen or their dependants and have encouraged programs for youth as well as the practice of good citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Thomas W. Miller, a Delawarean, served as vice chairman of the founding committee in Paris where the principles of the American Legion were outlined in the Preamble of its Constitution, dedicating it to the purpose of inculcating a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that March 15-17, 1954, be observed as


and I urge that special thought be given to the Legion's traditional slogan, "Service to Those Who Have Served." I hope that all Delawareans will take note of the great service which this organization, its Ladies Auxiliary, and affiliated groups are giving to worthy citizens of the state and that this spirit of comradeship and helpfulness shall prevail in the years ahead.

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 Twelfth

(Great Seal) day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one-hundred and seventy-eighth.


G. JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State