Delaware General Assembly






Whereas, it is highly fitting that Americans everywhere should pause on Memorial Day to venerate the memory of our war dead who have served the Nation's cause; and

Whereas, it is our solemn duty to perpetuate this custom, first established over one hundred years ago, by gathering in public places, before memorials and in cemeteries to pay tribute to those who have died in service of our country; and

Whereas, the President of the United States of America, by the authority of the Congress, has set aside May 30, 1969, as a day when we should honor the memory and deeds of our fallen 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, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, May 30, 1969, as


and urge that the people of the First State on this day participate in exercises, graveside ceremonies and other appropriate memorials in 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 and state colors to be flown at half-mast throughout the day as evidence that we Americans remain faithful to the memory of those who fought, suffered and died in defense of freedom; I further urge that all motorists drive with their headlights on from 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29, through Sunday, June 1, using low beams during the daylight hours, to forcefully remind us of the mounting highway accidents leading to far too many fatalities.

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 15th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-third.



Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State