Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A Proclamation

His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas While the nation was still recovering from the horrors of the Civil War, people in cities and towns across the country gathered to honor those Union and Confederate soldiers who had given their lives, celebrating the first Decoration Day; and  

Whereas After World War I, the nation came together again to honor those who had fallen in the service of their country. Renamed Memorial Day, the last Monday in May is when people remember and honor the memory of all the men and women who fought and died in all American wars and conflicts; 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 May 28th, 2012,  to be

Memorial 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 first day of May, 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