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

Whereas Governor Joseph Dudley of Massachusetts Bay Colony named Abington in 1706, six years before the town was incorporated in 1712; and

Whereas Much of present-day Abington continued under the jurisdiction of Old Bridgewater until the original Township of Abington was created on June 10, 1712.; and

Whereas Shoemaking was the first prominent industry other than lumbering, milling, and the cottage industries in Abington proper; and

Whereas During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the manufacture of boots and shoes was its primary industry, with nearly half of the footwear provided for the Union Army during the Civil War being provided by Abington factories.; and

Whereas On this day, we celebrate Abington’s 300th anniversary and recognize its many contributions to the vibrancy of the Commonwealth,  

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 10th, 2012 to be,

Abington 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 fifth day of June, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               

By His Excellency                         
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
 

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts