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

Whereas The Town of Springfield, purchased by William Pynchon from the local Algonquians, was settled in 1636; and incorporated in 1774 when the settlers to the west of the Connecticut River received permission from the Massachusetts General Court to be incorporated as a new parish; and

Whereas On February 23rd, 1774, the communities of West Springfield, Agawam, and Holyoke were incorporated into the single town of West Springfield; and

Whereas The Town of West Springfield played an essential role in Shays’ Rebellion with West Springfield native and Revolutionary War hero, Captain Luke Day serving as one of the leaders of The Regulators; and

Whereas West Springfield is also home to The Big E, one of the largest agricultural fairs in the United States with almost 1.5 million attendees in 2013 as well as the Josiah Day House: the Oldest brick saltbox house in the United States ; and

Whereas We congratulate the Town of West Springfield and its citizens upon the 240th anniversary of its first town meeting and incorporation as they gather to celebrate this important milestone in their history,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 23rd, 2014, to be,


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 fifth day of March, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts