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, this day has now been made an official day of observance through the action of Congress and the President of the United States; 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 uphold these God-given rights as they are outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, 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, following the example set by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, hereby designate Friday, May 1, 1959, as


I also call attention to the fact that this day climaxes the annual V. F. W. Week which will be observed throughout the First State beginning Sunday, April 26, 1959.

I urge that every man, woman and child in Delaware 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 on that day, or other days designated, to give expression to that Loyalty through public demonstrations of all kinds; through the display of our National and State emblems and through cooperation with 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 twenty-second day of April 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