WHEREAS, preparedness is the watchword which has been a key to major successes in the development of the American system of government ; and

WHEREAS, at this time in our history it is necessary for us all to prepare for any eventuality so long as we must combat ideologies opposed to our own ; and

WHEREAS, a program of Civil Defense is under development in the United States of America and in the State of Delaware which must win the support of every citizen if it is to be successfully activated ; and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of the officials of the State of Delaware to properly inform its people of the necessary steps to be taken in order to develop a superior civil defense organization ; and

WHEREAS, with regard to this effort we will be honored on Tuesday, July 20, 1954, by having the Hon. Val Peterson, Federal Administrator of Civil Defense, as our guest at the Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City, where our state civil defense authorities will have informative displays for public inspection ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside the above mentioned date as


in our state. On that day I urge, and cordially invite individuals, citizens representatives of church, school, civic, fraternal and veteran groups, service clubs, officials of state and municipal

agencies to join in a Civil Defense forum, beginning at 1 :30 p. m. at the Health Center.

Let us all join in taking this opportunity to learn for ourselves how we may become better organized for our own health, safety and perhaps our very survival in the event of national emergency or disaster, and as good citizens, assist wherever possible in the early completion of this most important program.

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 Eighth day

(Great Seal) of July 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-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State