WHEREAS, this is, perhaps, the most critical time in American history because of the threat of international Communism to our basic freedom and that of the Free World; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for Americans to appreciate fully their heritage of freedom and to re-examine the position of their Armed Forces, which are indispensable to the preservation of that freedom; and

WHEREAS for the past 36 years, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States has observed National Defense Week, in which it has been joined by civic, patriotic and veterans groups, and many other groups; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of National Defense Week is to re-emphasize the vital need of public knowledge and appreciation of our defense structure, especially at this dangerous time; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that the obligation of American citizenship carries with it the corresponding duty of service in the Armed Forces, Regular or Reserve, in time of war, emergency or peace, as the priceless heritage of every American; and.

WHEREAS, in celebration of National Defense Week, we wish to honor those who have fought to defend this country in the past and those whose strength and very readiness to fight again if they must, is our best insurance against another war; now,

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the period of February 12 through February 22, 1959, as


and urge that the official flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings and at other appropriate places on State property, on business, civic, patriotic, veterans and other organizations demonstrate by other means their support of National Defense Week and that every citizen fully cooperate with this observance and give prayerful consideration to the duties facing all of us in these critical times.

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 tenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-third.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State