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

Whereas Bernardston was first settled in 1738 and later incorporated as a town in 1762; and  

Whereas The town was named after Sir Francis Bernard, who served as the first Royal Governor of Massachusetts from 1760 to 1769; and

Whereas The town's lands were originally set off for the officers and soldiers who fought in the "Falls Fight," a battle loosely related to King Philip's War; and

Whereas Bernardston is a small, rural and agricultural town situated in north-central Franklin County on the Vermont border; and

Whereas On this day, the Town of Bernardston celebrates its 250th anniversary,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2012,  to be

Bernardston 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 second 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