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

Whereas On June 3rd, 1947, Viscount Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General of India, announced the partitioning of the British Indian Empire into India and Pakistan, under the provisions of the Indian Independence Act 1947; and

Whereas On August 15th of that year, India obtained its independence from Great Britain and became a sovereign nation; and

Whereas Our vibrant Indian American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the Commonwealth by enriching the lives of its citizens; and

Whereas Generations of Indian Americans have lived the American Dream and continue as exemplars of hope and inspiration, not only to their fellow Americans, but also to the new groups of Indian people who are joining the American family,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim August 15th, 2012, to be,

INDIAN INDEPENDENCE 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 twenty-fourth day of July, 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