WHEREAS, this is the year in which we. mark the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin, one of our greatest pioneers and statesmen; and

WHEREAS, Franklin, as our first ambassador to a foreign country, well knew the need for loyalty and determination to strengthen the new-found liberties of a young United States of America; and

WHEREAS, there have been periodical attempts over the last two centuries to stifle and destroy those hard-won rights of free speech, freedom of the press and the right to worship as one chooses; and

WHEREAS, an opportunity is provided annually for every citizen to reaffirm his faith in the United States of America through a program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U. S.; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby call attention to Loyalty Day to be observed in our state on dates determined by units of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the Department of Delaware.

I urge that every man, woman and child in the state join in a demonstration of individual allegiance to the government of the United States and the ideals which it defends and preserves. I hope that our national and state emblems will be displayed in cooperation with this event sponsored by our overseas veterans, whose devotion and courage continue in peace as sponsors of this observance.

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 Second

(Great Seal) day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eightieth.

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