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 Freedom of speech is guaranteed to all citizens and is protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution; and

Whereas The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”; and

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

Whereas Freedom of Speech Week provides Massachusetts residents with an opportunity to celebrate 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 October 17th- 21st, 2011,  to be

Freedom of Speech 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 twelfth day of October, 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