CHAPTER 451

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, United States Public Law designates May 1st of every year as National Loyalty Day; and

WHEREAS, by Joint Resolution of the Delaware General Assembly, May 1st has been designated as a "special day" for annual observance in the State of Delaware as Loyalty Day; and

WHEREAS, throughout our nation and our state, the Veterans of Foreign Wars annually mark this occasion with special and appropriate ceremonies, especially in our state at historic Cooch's Bridge where the Stars and Stripes were first unfurled in battle; and

WHEREAS, such occasions provide an opportunity for all citizens to reaffirm their faith in the United States and to rededicate themselves to the principles upon which this great Nation was founded; and

WHEREAS, there have been varied attempts over the last two centuries to stifle and destroy hard-won rights such as free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and the right to worship as one chooses; and

WHEREAS, each American 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, do hereby proclaim May 1, 1963, as

LOYALTY DAY

in Delaware and urge all citizens of this State, on this occasion, to join in reaffirming their undivided allegiance to the government of the United States and the ideals which it defends and preserves. I further request that civic groups join with our veterans in ceremonies and exercises that will appropriately demonstrate such loyalty, and in display of our National Emblem and the Delaware State Flag.

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 29th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-seventh.

(GREAT SEAL)

ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor

ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State