Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas The issue of peace embraces the deepest hopes of all people and remains humanity’s guiding inspiration; and
Whereas In 1981, the United Nations proclaimed International Day of Peace, “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nature and people”; and
Whereas The United Nations, in 2001, set an observance date for the International Day of Peace, including a call for a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. All nations and people are invite to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day; and
Whereas Global crises impel all citizens to work toward converting humanity’s noblest aspirations for world peace into a practical reality for future generations,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 21st, 2012 to be,
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
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 thirteenth day of September, 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