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

Whereas Our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty did ordain and adopt a Constitution for the United States of America on September 17, 1787 establishing the world’s first government of the people, by the people, and for the people; and

Whereas The United States Constitution is the oldest written national constitution in the world still in continuous use; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Constitution, written by John Adams, and similarly divided into chapters, sections, and articles, served as the model for the United States Constitution; and

Whereas  The Constitution has served as a model for the constitutions of many nations, including Germany, Japan, India, and South Africa, and international agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” is the preamble to the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas These hallowed words should be embraced by all citizens, so as to fully understand the value and importance of the Constitution and in order to support, preserve and defend it against encroachment;  and

Whereas September 17, 2012 marks the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, providing a historic opportunity for all Americans to remember the achievements of our Founding Fathers and to reflect on the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as its responsibilities,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 17th, 2012 to be,

Constitution 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-ninth day of December, in the year two thousand and eleven, 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