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AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL COMMISSION TO COMMEMORATE THIS EVENT IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the Civil War required great sacrifices from the citizens of Delaware in life, manpower, natural resources and wealth; and

WHEREAS, this internal conflict resulted in the consolidating of our Nation, it is proper that the one hundredth anniversary of this momentous event be commemorated; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Government has established a Civil War Centennial Commission to mark this anniversary during the years 1961-1965 and has called upon the States to participate in a proper observance, and

WHEREAS, the 120th General Assembly of the State of Delaware attempted to create a Civil War Centennial Commission by Senate Joint Resolution No. 2, but the resolution through oversight was never approved by the Governor, and

WHEREAS, it is desirable to correct this oversight, NOW THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. There is hereby created and continued a Commission to be known as The Civil War Centennial Commission of the State of Delaware, which shall continue to exist until December 31, 1965.

Section 2. The members appointed to the Commission pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 of the 120th General Assembly shall continue to serve and shall serve without re-numeration from the time of their original appointment until December 31, 1965, or until their successors are appointed.

Section 3. In selecting successor members for the Commission, the Governor shall appoint them on a non-political basis and he shall give preferential consideration to those active, interested or associated with the study of the Civil War.

Section 4. All previous acts of the Commission are hereby ratified.

Section 5. The purpose of the Commission shall be the planning and execution of plans for the successful commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Civil War.

Section 6. The Commission shall make a final report and submit it to the General Assembly within six months of the completion of its duties.

Approved December 21, 1961.