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


Whereas African Americans have supported military operations in this country since the American Revolution; and

Whereas The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was authorized by the United States Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton on January 26, 1863 as the first African American Regiment raised in the north; and

Whereas We honor and salute those who served our country throughout the generations with honor, patriotism and courage; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all Massachusetts citizens remember the bravery of those who served their country, so that their dedication and sacrifices serve as a reminder of the cost of our freedom,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 18, 2013, 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 twenty-ninth day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, 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