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

Whereas Alcoholism and drug addiction are serious health problems affecting thousands of individuals and their families throughout the Commonwealth and nation; and

Whereas It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs; and

Whereas Founded in 1988 in honor of undercover Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered by members of a drug gang in Mexico on February 7th, 1985, National Red Ribbon Week is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs; and

Whereas Research indicates that young people who avoid the early use of alcohol and drugs are less likely to engage in other harmful behaviors such as crime, delinquency and other illegal drug use; and

Whereas Throughout the country, business, government, parents, law enforcement, media, religious institutions, schools and fellow residents will demonstrate their commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles by wearing and   displaying Red Ribbons,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 23rd - 31st, 2011 to be,

Red Ribbon 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