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

Whereas In August of 1912, Marine First Lieutenant Alfred Austell Cunningham soloed a plane in Marblehead, Massachusetts, marking the first time the Marines flew a plane; and

Whereas In an effort to develop an aviation department to expand its capabilities and service s abroad, the Marines assigned Cunnignham to learn how to pilot an airplane and study the many possible uses for military aviation; and

Whereas The Town of Marblehead played a definitive role in the development Marine aviation, whose rich traditions of shipbuilding provided the basis for expanding construction of planes; and

Whereas After World War I, the advancement of military aviation was a vital component to the Marine Corps and for defending our Nation; and

Whereas On this day we honor Marine Corps Aviators and recognize the Town of Marble head for its important role as the birthplace of Marine Corps Aviation, now celebrating its 100 years,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim August 4th, 2012 to be,

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
AVIATION 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-seventh 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