CHAPTER 794

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, thousands of gallant Americans have paid the supreme sacrifice for the preservation of our precious American heritage; and

WHEREAS, it is both fitting and proper that a special day be set aside to pay tribute to their deeds as well as honor the millions of Americans who also wore the uniform of our country in time of war and have since passed on into eternity; and

WHEREAS, more than a century ago the first order was issued for a nationwide observance of a day "designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating graves of comrades who died in defense of their country"; and

WHEREAS, the special day of commemoration provides not only an occasion for expression of patriotic unity but also a rededication of our efforts to achieve the ultimate goal of an honorable world peace which will determine that that day may finally come when such sacrifice will never again be necessary; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States of America, through enactment of Public Law 90-363, June 28, 1968, has set aside the last Monday in the month of May as MEMORIAL DAY;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 28, 1973, as

MEMORIAL DAY

and do hereby call upon all citizens to observe the day in honor of our heroic dead and in reaffirmation of the founding principles of our great Nation. I further call upon each residence and business firm in the State of Delaware to display the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Delaware as our testimony that we have not forgotten the cost of a free and undivided republic.

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 18th day of May

(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. TRIBBTT, Governor

Attest : ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State