The 171st anniversary of the date on which legislation proposing the creation of the American Navy was transmitted to the Continental Congress will be celebrated on October 27th of this year.

The Navy is still our first line of defense. We, as patriotic Americans, should generously pay tribute each year to the officers and men who through the years have added lustre to its fame and laurels to its accomplishments, in peace and in war.

The slogan for this Navy Day--"Your Navy--Victor in War, Guardian in Peace" is expressive of the will of America. We desire only to exercise guardianship over those ideals, traditions and rights which are ours, but if need be, we will fight to protect and defend them.

A Navy adequate for our Nation's defense is essential at all times. Let us as Americans see to it that such a Navy is provided and maintained. To this end let us give support to the plan for a strong Naval Reserve.

The Navy League of the United States, with the approval of the Secretary of War, has designated October 27, 1946 for observance as Navy Day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, October 27, 1946, as


and urge all the people of our State to attend and participate in appropriate ceremonies in our churches and other proper places in observance of this day, in tribute to our American Navy. Wherever possible, I also urge participation in the Flower Memorial Services in honor of all persons who lost their lives at sea in World War II, which will be conducted in connection with the observance of Navy Day this year.

As a further tribute, let the American Flag and our State Flag be flown from all public buildings and all 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 seventeenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-first.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.