STATE OF DELAWARE
TO: Heads of All State Departments and Agencies
RE: Modification of Executive Order Number Two Relating to That Portion Ordering all National and State Flags be Flown at Half Staff for a Thirty Day Period.
WHEREAS, Executive Order Number Two, approved on January 23, 1973, ordered that all National and State flags within the State of Delaware be flown at half staff for a thirty (30) day period to mourn the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order Number Two was issued in connection with a similar order issued by Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, former President Johnson was deeply committed to the ending of the Viet Nam War and the return of American Prisoners of War; and
WHEREAS, the Viet Nam War has been ended and American Prisoners of War are now returning home; and
WHEREAS, the President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, after conferring with former President Johnson's widow, has ordered that all National flags be raised in honor of the returning Prisoners of War;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of Delaware, do order and direct that all National and State flags within the State of Delaware be immediately raised to honor each and every returning Prisoner of War who has endured so much and served so well this State and Nation.
APPROVED: this 20 day of February, 1973.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT
ROBERT H. REED
Secretary of State