CHAPTER 716

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Continental Congress, on June 14, 1777, adopted a flag with thirteen red and white stripes and a star for each state on a field of blue as the emblem of our Nation; and

WHEREAS, with the addition of stars to represent each new state, the Stars and Stripes has served since as the symbol of our unity and freedom; and

WHEREAS, according to tradition our Flag was first unfurled in Land Battle at Cooch's Bridge in Delaware in September 1777; and

WHEREAS, the annual celebration of Flag Day gives us all the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the principles of liberty and justice for all which the flag represents;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim June 14, 1971, as

NATIONAL FLAG DAY

and the week of June 13 — 19, 1971, as

NATIONAL FLAG WEEK

in Delaware, and urge all residents of the First State to make proper display of the American Flag each day during this period and to take part in appropriate ceremonies in evidence of our loyalty to our great Nation and to all that is symbolized by Old Glory.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, 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 4th day

(GREAT SEAL) of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-fifth.

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State