CHAPTER 719

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the march of Time brought to this nation the responsibility to defend itself on the field of battle when its hard-earned liberties were challenged by a foreign foe; and

WHEREAS, through the successful defense of the American Way of Life in World War II and the extensive conflict to curb communism on the battlefields of Korea, new honor and glory was added to the nation's fighting forces; and

WHEREAS, it has been customary since 1926 to observe the eleventh day of November as one of gratitude and remembrance for those who fought and died on European battlefields in World War I; and

WHEREAS, the significance of the sacrifices of that great war were lost in the even greater struggles that followed; and

WHEREAS, a grateful nation, wishing to pay tribute to all of its loyal defenders, caused the 83rd Congress of the United States of America to enact legislation which would finally honor all who served their country in time of stress, and changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day ; and

WHEREAS, the veterans of the State of Delaware, always in the forefront in the battle lines from the days of the Revolution to the final moments in Korea, should be remembered on this one day dedicated to their sacrifice and devotion ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that Thursday, November 11, 1954, be observed by our citizens as

VETERANS DAY

On that day let us solemnly remember the contributions of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and on

foreign shores, to preserve our freedom, and let us pledge this day to consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting peace, so that the rows of white crosses and the occupied beds in our Veterans Hospitals will not have been in vain.

I call upon our state officials to properly display the national and state flags on this day, and urge all patriotic groups, the schools, veterans and civic organizations to take full note of this occasion by such measures as may fully describe and present the basic reasons why we remain a free and prosperous people.

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 Fourth

(Great Seal) day of November 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