Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas This year we honor the 255th Anniversary of the birth and the 178th Anniversary of the death of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, one of America's greatest soldiers, statesmen and the best friend this country ever had; and
Whereas As a young man, La Fayette became inspired by the American colonists' struggle for independence, envisioning the Revolution as a turning point in the fight for freedom for all mankind, and thus beginning his long years of service to this country; and
Whereas The young Frenchman abandoned his position and honors at home to help our young nation by participating in numerous battles as a general in George Washington's army, enduring hardships, and setting a constant example of bravery, dignity and duty; and
Whereas General La Fayette made clear the destiny of this nation when he wrote: “The fortune of America is closely bound up with the fortune of humanity; she will become the safe and respected refuge of virtue, honesty, tolerance, equality, and of a peaceful liberty”; and
Whereas La Fayette was a life-long crusader for human rights and a constant supporter of the abolition of slavery,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with Chapter 148 of the Acts of 1935 of the General Laws, do hereby proclaim May 20th, 2012, to be
Massachusetts La Fayette 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, ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts