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

Whereas Today we recognize the more than three million Americans who served in the Vietnam War and the nearly 58,000 men and women who died or were lost during the war; and

Whereas Throughout our country’s history thousands of Massachusetts citizens have fought in wars and conflicts to defend our safety and way of life; and

Whereas Their legacy of patriotism and dedication to country is an inspiration to all Americans; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all Massachusetts citizens remember the bravery of those who gave their lives, so that their sacrifices serve as a reminder of the cost of our freedom,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 29th, 2012, to be,

Vietnam Veterans Day

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 ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, 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