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

Whereas The United States Navy was founded on October 13th, 1775, and has defended our nation without hesitation or reservation in times of war or national crisis; and  

Whereas Over 35,000 service members from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts served or are currently serving in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and

Whereas The men and women of the Navy serve unselfishly at home and throughout the world to protect liberty and justice for all Americans and our Allies; and

Whereas On September 24th, the United States Navy will come home to New England at the Big E in West Springfield, to increase public awareness of the Navy’s critical mission and its broad ranging capabilities in executing the maritime strategy on the water, under the water, and over the water; and

Whereas This week is an opportunity for Bay State citizens to meet the men and women of the Navy and to learn about its history, traditions and value to our Nation; and

Whereas Navy Week celebrates the contributions of the Commonwealth’s Navy heroes and the unwavering support the Massachusetts community has shown for its men and women in uniform,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 24th- October 2nd 2011,  to be

Navy Week

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 twentieth day of September, 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 Gavlin
Secretary of the Commonwealth    

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts