WHEREAS, in accordance with a custom established five years ago, the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense have designated May 15, 1954, as Armed Forces Day, and May 10 to 16, 1954, as Armed Forces Week ; and

WHEREAS, in compliance with a continuance of the Armed Forces program of "Power for Peace," a show of the state's military strength is in order to mark this occasion ; and

WHEREAS, the unified groups of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are well able to demonstrate to the citizens the extent to which they are prepared for any national emergency; and

WHEREAS, this occasion permits the citizens of the state to salute those members of our Armed Forces who are serving their country on active duty, or as citizen soldiers or sailors in the reserve components ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate Saturday, May 15, 1954, as


and urge all of our citizens, to mark the week of May 10 through May 17, 1954, as Armed Forces Week. During that time our Armed Forces personnel in the state will cooperate with civic, patriotic, veteran and other groups in an effort to provide an educational program through demonstrations and displays, calling attention to the great need to keep our country strong.

I further urge that the flag of the United States be flown for Armed Forces Day on all public buildings, and that we pay general tribute to our service personnel both living and dead, giving them that accolade which they so justly deserve.

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 Ninth day

(Great Seal) of April 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.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State