CHAPTER 407

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that grateful Americans everywhere should, on a designated "Memorial Day," pause to pay tribute to the hallowed memory of our heroic war dead, and to honor those who served their nation's cause and have since gone to their reward; and

WHEREAS, it is our solemn duty to perpetuate this custom, established in 1868, by gathering in public places, before memorials and in cemeteries to pay our respect to the bravery, valor and sacrifices of those, who fought and died that America might remain free; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, by the authority of the Congress, has set aside May 30, 1957, as the day on which we should pay tribute to the memory and deeds of our honored war dead, now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that we follow the example set in the proclamation by the President of the United States of America and that we observe Thursday, May 30, 1957, as

MEMORIAL DAY

I urge patriotic groups everywhere to participate in exercises, graveside ceremonies and other proper memorials so as to insure grateful remembrance of the sacrifices made by our war dead. I further urge that the Flag of the United States of America and of the State of Delaware be properly displayed from all state buildings and institutions on this day, with the national colors to be flown at half-mast until noon and then raised high for the remainder of the day as evidence that we, as good Americans, remember the pain, suffering and death of those who preserved our freedom and the American Way of Life.

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-seventh day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State