WHEREAS, it is the custom each year to set aside one day on which to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country, or who may have succumbed during the past twelve months to injuries or illnesses contracted in such service ; and

WHEREAS, it is our solemn duty to perpetuate this custom, established in 1868, by decorating the graves of war dead to show the respect and esteem in which they are held by grateful citizens of a nation at peace ; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, by the authority of the Congress, has set aside May 30, 1955, as the day on which to pay tribute to our heroes of all the nations' engagements to preserve peace and the American way of life, now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and declare that Monday, May 30, 1955, shall be observed in our state as


I urge all of our veterans' organizations, patriotic groups, our schools and churches and citizens everywhere, to assist in preparing such exercises, graveside ceremonies and other proper memorials which shall have as their incentive the prayerful gratitude of us all for the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

I further call for the proper display of our national and state flags on this day, with the national colors to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised high on their standards for the remainder of the day to show the pride we have in those who brought victory to our nation's cause.

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 Twenty-

(Great Seal) sixth day of May 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