STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the armed forces of the United States represent that arm upon which we rely for national security, in order that we may continue to enjoy the free way of life proposed for us in our initial documents of government; and
WHEREAS, it is important that citizens everywhere understand fully the duties, preparations and advancements in providing a strong military establishment so that Freedom may be more fully ensured; and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest that a day be set aside annually when our citizens have an opportunity to inspect those military establishments within our state, along with our armories, headquarters for reserve units and all other activities that support a military program; now
THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, at the invitation of the President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Saturday, May 16, 1959, as
ARMED FORCES DAY
I further direct the Adjutant General of the State and all others who may have official positions in our military establishments, to arrange such programs and events that will give our citizens an opportunity to see for themselves, the manner in which we are assisting in building a defense system for our state and nation. I also call for the display of the Flag of the United States and the Delaware State Flag at all appropriate places on this day, so that our fellow citizens may fully recognize the sacrifices and devotion to duty of the armed forces. I also urge all citizens to avail themselves of opportunities to see our defense establishment in action on this day and express the great hope that all will join in conducting proper observance to mark the occasion.
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 twelfth day of May 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