The 171st Anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps will be observed throughout our Nation on November 18th this year.

Those noble Americans who on November 10, 1775, created the Marine Corps performed a great service to our Nation. The establishment of this arm of national defense was one more guarantee to the American people that their freedom and liberties would be protected and preserved. The pages of history of the Corps are replete with narratives of courage, devotion and valor of its officers and men. Through the years traditions of the highest character have been established and maintained.

From the beginning, many from our State have served our country in the Marine Corps with honor and distinction. Great pride in these Delawareans and their valiant services in the Corps is the just desert of all of us.

The First State is not only jealous of its prerogatives, privileges and opportunities as one of the States of the Union, but ever has been and ever will be zealous to serve our Nation in times of necessity. In this spirit we Delawareans salute the Marine Corps on its 171st Anniversary, and extend to its officers and men our heartiest felicitations.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim and set apart Sunday, November 10, 1946, as


and urge appropriate observance of this day in commemoration of the glorious achievements of the Marine Corps, and in honor of the youth of our land who with valor and courage have fought for and helped to maintain the liberty and freedom of our people. I also request that patriotic exercises be held in our churches, our schools and elsewhere, so that our citizens, and especially our boys and girls, may become more conversant with the traditions of and the national necessity for the Marine Corps. As a further mark of respect, let the flags of our State and our Nation be displayed in proper and suitable places.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this fourth day of November, 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.