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

Whereas On November 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allied Nations and Germany, ending World War I, "The War to End All Wars," after four years of conflict. Since that day, every November people from around the nation have gathered to honor our veterans; and

Whereas Since the Commonwealth's colonial days, thousands of men and women have served our country in defense of freedom and liberty; and

Whereas Currently, there are approximately 385,000 veterans living in Massachusetts; and 

Whereas Today we are reminded of the great sacrifices and contributions our veterans have made to our country; and

Whereas We honor and salute those who served our country throughout the generations with honor, patriotism and courage; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all Massachusetts citizens remember the bravery of those who served their country, so that their dedication and 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 November 17th - 21st, 2008, to be

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 sixth day of November, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts