CHAPTER 578

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, since the birth of the Republic, more than half a million Americans have died for their country on the field of battle. Millions have placed themselves as a living shield between their country and her enemies, emerging unscathed through the benevolence of a merciful Creator; and

WHEREAS, we have set aside one day of the year to honor the dead and the living whose actions have testified to their courage and devotion to country. On Veterans Day, we honor their heroism, we give thanks for their sacrifice, and we share—if only briefly and inadequately—the grief of loved ones who survive them; and

WHEREAS, we have preserved our freedom only through the continued willingness of brave men and women to risk the sacrifice of their lives for its sake; and

WHEREAS, we honor those who wore that uniform in days past, and those who wear it today. Especially this year our thoughts go out to the hundreds of thousands who are resisting the forces of aggression and violence in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, we can never repay our debt to them, for it is beyond price. But we can show our recognition of the gift they have made their country. We can pay tribute to the nobility of man, as it is expressed in a soldier's courage; and

WHEREAS, to this end, the Congress has designated the eleventh of November as a legal holiday to be known as Veterans Day and has dedicated it to the cause of world peace;

VETERANS DAY

and call upon the citizens of Delaware to commemorate the service of our veterans of past wars, and pledge our full support to the men and women of today who are continuing the struggle for freedom and peace for which so many have fought and died. Let us join with fervor in this observance.

FURTHER, I hereby direct appropriate officials to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings and urge private citizens to follow suit where possible.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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

(GREAT SEAL) 21st day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninetieth.

CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Governor

Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State