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,
AFRICAN AMERICAN MILITARY HERITAGE 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-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