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

Whereas The Massachusetts National Guard, formally established on December 13, 1636 as the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia, is best known for its long and distinguished history as the nation’s first National Guard and serves as the oldest component of the armed services of the United States; and

Whereas The revolutionary war began on April 19, 1775 when units of the Massachusetts militia engaged British troops at Lexington, Concord and during the retreat to Boston; and

Whereas In 1775, new regiments of the Massachusetts Army were created from the militia to form a total of 37, which later became the basis of the United States Army; and

Whereas The Massachusetts National Guard played an integral role in the formation of our nation and contributes to its reputation as the greatest military power; and

Whereas Four of the oldest units in the United States Army continue to serve in the Massachusetts Army National Guard today, including the 181st Infantry Regiment, 182nd Cavalry Regiment, the 101st Field Artillery Regiment and the 101st Engineer Battalion; and

Whereas The Massachusetts National Guard has served in the major wars of our nation’s history, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars, The Vietnam and Korean Wars, Cold War, and since the events of September 11, 2001, nearly all units have served in Iraq or Afghanistan; and

Whereas The 8,200 men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard embody the citizen-soldier concept and serve not only our country but our community through their local work, including protecting life and property during many natural disasters and relief efforts,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim December 13, 2011, to be

375th Anniversary of the Massachusetts National Guard  

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 thirteenth 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