CHAPTER 475

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the people of the United States of America since the days of George Washington have rallied to the defense of this nation and its banner--the Stars and Stripes; and

WHEREAS, tradition has it that the American flag designed by Betsy Ross was first unfurled in battle at Cooch's Bridge, here, in the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of Delaware's sons through succeeding generations have followed this emblem of our unity, strength and ideals, and many have perished in the effort to keep it aloft; and

WHEREAS, it is particularly important today for all of us to not only display our loyalty to our nation and flag, but to express the unity of purpose with which we follow all our endeavors; and

WHEREAS, National Flag Week will be observed this year from June 8 through the anniversary date--June 14--of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Continental Congress in 1777; now,

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of June 8 to 14, 1958 as

NATIONAL FLAG WEEK IN DELAWARE

and I urge that our national emblem be flown daily during this week from all public, industrial and commercial buildings, and that it be displayed at the homes of our citizens as an expression of our sincere faith in and love for 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 third day of June 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.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State