Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, for over one hundred years it has been the custom in our Nation to gather on Memorial Day in public places, at memorials and in cemeteries to pay tribute to those who died in defense of their country; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that this tradition be maintained in commemoration of the sacrifice of those who have served our Nation's cause; and

WHEREAS, The President of the United States, by the authority of. Congress, has set aside the last Monday in May as a day on which we should honor the memory and deeds of our fallen heroes; and

WHEREAS, Paragraph 501, Chapter 5, Title 1 of the Delaware Code, as amended by Chapter 14, Volume 57, of the Laws of Delaware, provides that the Governor may issue a proclamation setting aside the last Monday in May each year as Memorial Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware do hereby proclaim Monday, May 31, 1971, as


in Delaware and urge residents of the First State to participate in

appropriate ceremonies and memorials in tribute to our war dead.

FURTHER, I request that the Flag of the United States and of the State of Delaware be displayed at half-staff from all state buildings and public institutions on that day;

from 3 p.m. Friday May 28 through Monday, May 31, using low beams during the daylight hours, as a safe-driving reminder. .

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, 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 20th

(GREAT SEAL) day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-fifth.

RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State