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

Whereas According to the Drowning Prevention Foundation, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children, particularly those ages five and under; and

Whereas Children are more likely to drown in the backyard pool than in the open waters of beaches and lakes; and

Whereas Adults should closely watch young children playing in or near any body of water, backyard pool, public pool or bathtub; and

Whereas A child should never be left unattended near water at large gatherings or while an adult attends to the telephone, doorbell or does chores; and

Whereas It is important that individuals of all ages understand and follow water safety rules and programs whether they are  at private pools, public swimming facilities, or visitors to waterparks; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the occurrence of drowning among all Massachusetts residents,

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

Drowning Awareness Month

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, twenty-first day of March, 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