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

Whereas In 1962, Jamaica declared its independence and assumed the responsibilities of international representation, foreign policy and trade, and the protection of Jamaicans abroad; and

Whereas During the years prior to its official independence from Great Britain, Jamaica achieved self-rule without violence and bloodshed; and

Whereas By popular ballot, Jamaicans elected representatives who created a constitution mindful of fundamental human rights and dignity; and

Whereas The Jamaican American community has contributed tremendously to the cultural and economic vitality of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Today, the Jamaican community commemorates the 50th anniversary of independence and celebrates their rich heritage, diverse culture and traditions,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim August 6th,

Jamaican 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, 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