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

Whereas The people of the Commonwealth are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and honor our brave men and women in uniform currently deployed to protect and preserve our way of life; and

Whereas Since September 11, 2001, approximately 35,000 service men and women have served in Operation Iraqi Freed and Operation Enduring Freedom; and

Whereas Our freedoms are protected by the loyal citizens who serve in the armed forces; and

Whereas The selflessness and bravery of the family and friends of deployed servicemen and women deserve our recognition and respect; and

Whereas We encourage all Massachusetts citizens to recognize our deployed soldiers, serving at home and abroad, who have courageously answered this nation’s call to defend our ideals and preserve peace and freedom around the world; and

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 26th, 2011,  to be

Day of the Deployed

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-first 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