October 27th this year marks the 170th anniversary of the date when the Continental Congress was called upon to create and establish a fleet to protect the lives and the property of our Nation.

This day of each year also commemorates, the birthday of the late President Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch and stouthearted American who visualized the need for strong sea power, and who is fondly recognized as the father of our modern Navy.

It is fitting that a Nation of free men and free women give well deserved honor and recognition to the victorious achievements of the mightiest fighting Navy of all times.

"YOUR FLEET GUARANTEES PEACE" is the slogan for Navy Day 1945 and may the American Navy in the days and years to come constitute such a force for good in the world that we shall never again be called upon to sacrifice the lives of the youth of our land in the defense of our liberties and our freedom.

With the approval of the Secretary of War, the Navy League of the United States has designated Saturday, October 27th, 1945 for observance as Navy Day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Saturday, October 27th, 1945 as


and urge that all Delawareans wherever possible pay tribute to the gallant and heroic men of our Naval Forces by attending and participating in appropriate exercises and ceremonies in observance of this important day. Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to the principles of freedom and self-government guaranteed by our Constitution and protected by, our American Navy, and I request that the flag of our Nation and the flag of our State be displayed on all public, buildings and other suitable places.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventieth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.