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

Whereas July 1, 2013 is the 70 year anniversary of The United States Cadet Nurse Corps of WW II,  established on July 1,1943 by Public Law 74, the Bolton Act): "to provide for the training of nurses for the armed forces, governmental and civilian hospitals, health agencies and in war industries… regardless of race,     color or creed;” and

Whereas Cadet Nurses enabled graduate nurses to join the armed services by staffing hospitals and providing 80% of the nursing care thus preventing a crisis in America's healthcare system during WWII; and

Whereas Cadet Nurses confronted dangerous epidemics of communicable diseases including Infantile Paralysis (Polio) and Tuberculosis; and

Whereas Each Cadet Nurse pledged their life: "to my country my service in essential nursing for the duration of the war" and served under the jurisdiction of the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Services, a uniformed service of the United States; and

Whereas 9,000 young women volunteered to serve in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in 57 Massachusetts Hospitals throughout the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 1st, 2013,  to be

United States Cadet Nurse Corps 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 sixth day of June, 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