On November 10th this year, the 169th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps will be observed in our State and Nation.

No doubt members of the Continental Congress who voted for the resolution establishing this branch of our Armed Forces on November 10, 1775, had visions of the important place it would hold in the scheme for our National defense. How well the Marine Corps has justified its creation is well known to all of us. Its traditions are of the finest. The courage and valor of its officers and men are not excelled in any other branch of the service. Our whole Nation is justly proud of our Marine Corps.

Many fine sons of Delaware have been, and now are, represented in the Corps and we in this State, therefore, maintain a keen and active interest in its officers and men, and in its outstanding achievements in the service of our country.

The first four-star General of the Marine Corps, General Thomas Holcomb, is a fine, outstanding and capable Delawarean. General Holcomb commanded the Corps in a brilliant fashion and brought great honor to himself and to our State.

We in Delaware are especially glad to observe this most important anniversary in our National life.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, November 10, 1944, as


and request that all Delawareans observe this day in commemoration of the unselfish devotion, courage and valor of the officers and men in this branch of our Armed Services, and further request that appropriate exercises be arranged in our schools and elsewhere so that the achievements and traditions of the United States Marine Corps may be brought to the attention of those of the present generation and especially the boys and girls in our schools whose right to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is in a large measure secured by the courageous service of the United States Marine Corps. Let the flags of our State and our Nation be displayed in all 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 second day of November, in the year of. our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-ninth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.