WHEREAS, Sunday, February 3, 1960, will mark the seventeenth anniversary of the sinking of the troopship Dorchester, which carried to their deaths four chaplains of three faiths who stood united in prayer as the ship went down; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting at a time when the freedom of the world is imperiled that the State of Delaware should give special recognition to the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom; and

WHEREAS, the heroic dead of the four Chaplains and their combined act of supreme devotion and sacrifice for American liberty and human freedom will be an inspiration and ever-shining example of real Brotherhood for all time to the people of the world; and

WHEREAS, we must all see to it that their supreme sacrifice and that of their brave comrades to the common cause of human freedom and justice for all shall not have been made in vain; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate February 3, 1960, to be observed as


and call upon all our citizens to commemorate the day through appropriate patriotic observance in public places and by prayers in their homes and houses of worship.

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 January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fourth.


J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State