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

Whereas Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution, designating the flag to “be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation”; and

Whereas Our national flag is an enduring symbol of our history and the ideal of liberty and justice for
all; and

Whereas We honor the brave men and women, from the Continental Army to our troops around the world today,  who defended the flag and all that it represents; and

Whereas Old Glory is the embodiment the Founding Fathers’ dreams of unity and freedom that laid foundation to this great nation,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 14th, 2012, to be,

Flag 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, first day of June, 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