STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, it has long been a national custom 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, 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 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, in order to expand the significance of the November 11 observance so that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to all those Veterans 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 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; and
WHEREAS, Title 1, Section 501 of the Delaware Code sets aside the 11th of November as a legal holiday in Delaware; now
THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and proclaim November 11, 1961, as
"VETERANS DAY IN DELAWARE".
an occasion for remembering the sacrifices of all those who have fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and for reconsecrating ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
I call upon all state officials to provide for proper display of the national and state flags upon all State buildings and institutions on this day, and urge all patriotic groups, schools, veterans and civic associations to participate in 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 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 morning of Saturday, November 11.
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 eleventh day of October, 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-sixth.
ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor
Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State