WHEREAS, for the past 30 years the Reserve Officers Association of this state has observed National Defense Week, in which they have been joined by every citizen and patriotic group in the state; and

WHEREAS, there is a continuing awareness in our community that only through the maintenance of strength can we preserve for ourselves and for our children the heritage of American liberty and freedom; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that the obligation of citizenship carries with it the privilege of service in the regular establishment or the Reserves, in time of war or emergency, as the priceless heritage of every able-bodied American; and

WHEREAS, in celebration of National Defense Week we honor those who have fought the battles in the past and those whose very strength and very readiness to fight again if they must is our best insurance against still another conflict; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that only the zernng can be free;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the period of February 12 through February 22, 1955, as


during which time it is urged that the official flags of the nation and state be displayed on all official buildings and at other appropriate places on state property, and that the many business, civic, and patriotic organizations demonstrate by other means their support of National Defense Week. I hope that every citizen will give every cooperation to this observance and also give prayerful consideration to the duties facing us all.

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

(Great Seal) Twelfth day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, 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