CHAPTER 698

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Flag of the United States of America, with its thirteen alternate stripes of red and white and its blue field of 48 stars is revered throughout the free world ; and

WHEREAS, the first star in the top left of the field was designated as that of the State of Delaware because of our early ratification of the Federal Constitution ; and

WHEREAS, this symbol of unity, although only 177 years old, outdates the national banners of many ancient nations ; and

WHEREAS, it is our bounden duty to do honor and respect to our national colors whenever they pass by or are on display, and we should encourage greater respect for it through our schools, colleges and patriotic societies ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and designate Monday, June 14, 1954, as

FLAG DAY

I hope that appropriate exercises will be held ; that the meaning of the emblem will be re-emphasized and that every citizen will repeat our Pledge of Allegiance, either publicly or privately on that day. May this June 14 be made more significant by our own devotion and respect to our national leaders who are striving so mightily to keep us on the pathways of Peace.

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 Seventh

(Great Seal) day of June 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.

I. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State