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 United States; and

WHEREAS, the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Delaware annually mark this day with an observance at Cooch's Bridge where the Stars and Stripes were first unfurled in battle; 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, each of us should make a personal pledge to up-hold these God-given rights in the defense of which thousands of our fighting forces have died on battlefields all over the world; now,

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate Sunday, May 4, 1958, as


and I urge that every man, woman and child in the First State join in a demonstration of his or her undivided allegiance to the government of the United States and the ideals which it defends and preserves.

I further hope that all civic groups will join the V.F.W. on that day to give expression to that loyalty through a public demonstration; through the display of our National and State emblems and through co-operation with our overseas veterans whose devotion and courage continues 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 twenty-second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-eight and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-second.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State