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


Whereas We seek to encourage a universal understanding of all that happened during the Holocaust. Nearly eleven million people, of many races, religions, and nationalities lost their lives during this tragic and unforgettable period; and

Whereas In recognizing the importance that we must strive to overcome prejudice and inhumanity through education, vigilance, and tolerance; and

Whereas In commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, we must honor their memory by combating present-day hatred, intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, complacency, Holocaust denial, and genocide. To remember their suffering is to recognize the danger that is possible when one group persecutes another; and

Whereas Pursuant to an Act of Congress (Public Law 96-388, October 7, 1980) the United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, known as Yom Hashoah,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 7-14, 2013, to be,


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-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