STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, it is highly appropriate that grateful Americans everywhere should pause on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the hallowed memory of our heroic war dead, and to honor those who served their Nation's cause and have since gone to their reward; and
WHEREAS, it is our solemn duty to preserve and continue this custom, first established in 1868, by gathering in public places, before memorials and in cemeteries to pay our respect to the valor and sacrifices of those who fought and died that America might remain free; and
WHEREAS, because of the increased use of our highways and byways over the Memorial Day weekend it is also appropriate to remember that there are 20,000,000 smash-ups each year and many deaths each day across our Nation that we hear little about except on holidays when we take particular notice of the mounting toll; and
WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, by the authority of the Congress, has set aside May 30, 1966, as a day when we should honor the memory and deeds of our valiant fallen war heroes; and
WHEREAS, Paragraph 501, Chapter 5 Title 1 of the Delaware Code provides that the Governor may issue a proclamation setting aside the 30th day of May in each year as Memorial Day:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 30, 1966, as
and urge the people of our State on this day to participate in exercises, graveside ceremonies and other appropriate memorials in grateful remembrance of the sacrifices of our war dead;
FURTHER, I request that the Flag of the United States of America and of the State of Delaware be properly displayed from all state buildings and institutions on this day, with the national colors to be flown at half-mast until noon and raised high on the remainder of the day as evidence that we, as loyal, patriotic Americans, remain faithful to the memory of those who fought, suffered and died in defense of freedom;
I further request that all motorists drive with their headlights on from 5 o'clock Friday, May 27th, through Monday, May 30th, using low beams during the daylight hours, to forcefully remind us of the mounting highways accidents leading to far too many fatalities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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
(GREAT SEAL) 19th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninetieth.
CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Governor Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State