CHAPTER 533

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, it has long been a national custom to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I, by paying tribute to the valiant men of that and other tragic struggles in which this Nation has become involved, and by rededicating ourselves to the causes of peace; and

Whereas, Congress passed a Concurrent Resolution June 4, 1926, calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an Act approved May 31, 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 other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans to the honor rolls of this Nation; and

Whereas, even today this Nation is engaged in a bitter struggle to ensure that the principles of freedom and independence on which this Nation was founded may thrive throughout the world; and

Whereas, in order to expand the significance of the November 11 observance ensuring that a grateful Nation pay appropriate homage to all those veterans who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation; Congress, by an Act approved June 1, 1954, officially changed the name of this national holiday to Veterans' Day; and

Whereas, it is appropriate that we express our heartfelt gratitude to those veterans who, banded together in various organizations, 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 eleventh of November as a legal holiday in the State of Delaware;

Now, therefore, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim November 11, 1968, as

VETERANS' DAY

in Delaware as 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 the proper display of the American and Delaware flags upon all State buildings and institutions on this day; and urge all patriotic groups, schools, veteran and civic associations to participate in ceremonies and observances which will point up the invaluable services of those who wore their country's uniform; those who died in its defense; and those who, even today, as citizens, are continually striving 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 traditional Veterans' Day exercises to be held at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Plaza, Sunday afternoon, November 10, at 2 p.m.

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 31st day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-third.

(GREAT SEAL)

CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Governor

Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State