Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas On June 11, 1712, Governor Dudley of the Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered that the village called Monomoit be incorporated into the Town of Chatham; and

Whereas Beginning with the struggle to secure freedom and independence from the British Crown and continuing through subsequent centuries, the people of Chatham have loyally answered any call to preserve the American way of life; and

Whereas From its origins, the people of the Town of Chatham have contributed to the growth and well-being of the Commonwealth through worldwide maritime commerce and by welcoming visitors to its shores; and

Whereas The Town of Chatham throughout years of growth has been constant in its efforts to preserve its natural resources and its historic heritage for present and future generations; and

Whereas In this year of its Tercentennial the Town of Chatham is hosting three hundred days of celebration and inviting people from throughout the world to find their way here to join in recognizing this anniversary,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 11th, 2012, to be

Chatham Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-third day of February, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth     

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts