WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that grateful Americans everywhere should, on a designated "Memorial Day," pause to pay tribute to the hallowed memory of our heroic war dead, and to honor those who served their Nation's cause and have since gone to their reward; and

WHEREAS, it is our solemn duty to perpetuate this custom, first established in 1868, by gathering in public places, before memorials and in cemeteries to pay our respect to the bravery, valor and sacrifices of those who fought and died that America remain free; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, by the authority of the Congress, has set aside May 30, 1961, as a day on which we should pay tribute to the memory and deeds of our honored war dead; and

WHEREAS, Paragraph 501, Chapter 5, Title 1 of the Delaware Code provides that the Governor may issue a proclamating setting aside the 30th day of May in each year as Memorial Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, May 30, 1961, as


and urge the people of our State to participate in exercises, graveside ceremonies and other proper memorials having as their purpose the grateful remembrance of the sacrifices made by our war dead.

FURTHER, I request that the Flag of the United States of America and of the State of Delaware shall be properly displayed from all state buildings and institutions on this day, with the national colors to be flown at half-mast until noon and then raised high for the remainder of the day as evidence that we, as good Americans, respect and honor the memory of those who fought, suffered and died in defense of our freedom and the American Way of Life.

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 16th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-one and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fifth.



Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State