WHEREAS, by Public Law No. 85-529 of the 85th Congress, House Joint Resolution 479, in joint resolution, July 18, 1958, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States, May 1st of every year has henceforth designated as National Loyalty Day; and

WHEREAS, the Laws of Delaware authorize the Governor of this State to issue a proclamation calling attention to this important occasion; and

WHEREAS, an opportunity has been 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 now in the future National Loyalty Day will provide even greater inspiration for citizens of this nation to re-dedicate themselves to the principle that brought us freedom; 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 in the defense of which thousands of our fighting forces died on battlefields all over the world;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of Delaware, pursuant to the Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States assembled do hereby proclaim May 1, 1961, as


and urge that every man, woman, and child in this State 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 urge that civic groups will join on that day, to give expression to that loyalty through appropriate public demonstrations of all kinds; and through the display of our National Emblem and the Delaware State Flag and through cooperation with overseas veterans whose devotion and courage continue in peace as sponsors of this observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, 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 28th day of April, in the Year of Our Lord, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one, and of the Independence of the United States the One hundred and eighty-fifth.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State