STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, our law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which have been guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Delaware; and
WHEREAS, it is important that people throughout the First State know and understand the problems, duties, and responsibilities of their police departments, and that members of our law enforcement agencies recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation; and
WHEREAS, Delaware's police departments have grown to be modern and scientific law enforcement bodies which unceasingly provide a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, since 1962, the week in May in which May 15 falls has been nationally designated as Police Week in recognition of the contribution the police officers of America have made to our civilization through their dedicated and selfless efforts in enforcing our laws, and May 15 has been designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of May 13 -19, 1973 as
and the day of May 15, 1973, as
PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL DAY
and urge all citizens of the State to participate in appropriate ceremonies to commemorate police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, 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 11th day of April
(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-seventh.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State