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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas The month of May is an important time for members of the Haitian community, for it marks the anniversaries of the birth of Toussaint Louverture, one of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, the historic congress that united black and mulatto officials for the Haitian Independence War and the creation of the flag of the Republic; and
Whereas Two hundred and nine years ago, the War of Independence between the people of Haiti and France came to a close and the Republic of Haiti was established; and
Whereas Our vibrant Haitian American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the Commonwealth by enriching the lives of its citizens; and
Whereas Throughout this month, the Haitian community will gather and celebrate their heritage through historical and cultural traditions and observances,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2013, to be,
HAITIAN HERITAGE 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, this seventeenth 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