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

Whereas The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933, by the Administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the Emergency Relief Act; and

Whereas The Civilian Conservation Corps employed over three million young men nationally, and 100,000 in Massachusetts from 1933 to 1942 during the century’s worst economic depression; and

Whereas The Civilian Conservation Corps worked to preserve our greatest national resources. Along with the construction of new roads and telephone lines, millions of trees were planted and they made significant contributions to the national, state and metropolitan park system; and 

Whereas The Civilian Conservation Corps taught these young men special skills, and in some cases, taught them how to read and write, giving them the tools they needed for future careers; and

Whereas The legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps endures through the Student Conservation Association – Mass Parks AmeriCorps, in  partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Massachusetts Service Alliance; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is marking the occasion of the 80th anniversary at a special event on Saturday, July 13th at Upton State Forest to celebrate the history, accomplishments and stewardship legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 13, 2013, to be

CIVILIAN CONSERVATION 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 eleventh day of July, in the year two thousand and thirteen, 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