WHEREAS, Delaware's Sixteenth Rifle Company, U. S. Marine Corps Reserves will observe the second anniversary of its organization this week ; and

WHEREAS, this strong arm of our defense force has been one of the bulwarks of our national defense since 1775; and

WHEREAS, many young men who wish to fulfill their military obligation by serving with the Marines may do so by enlisting in the Reserve organization, where they become one of our fine young citizen-soldiers; and

WHEREAS, it is proper that as Governor, I should call upon our citizens to encourage this Unit and give them the recognition which it so justly deserves in our community, although they are directly under Federal Jurisdiction;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, declare that Friday, April 1, 1955, be observed as


and we urge you at that time to join in marking the second anniversary of the Sixteenth Rifle Company.

On that day, officers and members of the Company will be happy to show interested personnel their armory ; their routine and also point out that great pride with which each man serves in this branch of our military forces which has brought honor and glory to the United States of America.

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 Sixth day

(Great Seal) of April 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