CHAPTER 427

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, it is most fitting and proper for Americans everywhere to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the causes of peace; and

WHEREAS, in the intervening years the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and

WHEREAS, the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an Act approved May 13, 1938, that the eleventh of November should be a legal holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and

WHEREAS, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an Act approved June 1, 1954, changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day; and

WHEREAS, we should also give our heartfelt thanks to those veterans who, banded together in various associations, are leaders in proclaiming the American Way of Life and who continue to work for peace in the world; now

THEREFORE, I, J, CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and proclaim November 11, 1959, as

VETERANS DAY IN DELAWARE

foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.

I urge that schools, churches and civic associations hold proper ceremonies and observances which will point up the invaluable services of those who wore their country's uniforms, and who, today, as citizens, keep up the good fight for a strong and free United States of America.

FURTHER, I also urge the attendance of Delawareans and our good friends from the neighboring State of New Jersey at the special exercises to be held at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Plaza the afternoon of Sunday, November 8.

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 November 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-fourth.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State