Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Loyalty Day began in 1921 as “Americanization Day”; and
Whereas President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day; and
Whereas This nation is kept strong and free by the loyal citizens who preserve our precious American heritage through their positive patriotic declarations and actions; and
Whereas All loyal citizens should make it their duty to inspire complete patriotism among all of our people by embracing a commitment to each other, and to the fundamental principles that unite us; and
Whereas Today we also honor those who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. Their utmost resolve to defend liberty, their legacy of patriotism and dedication to country is an inspiration to all Americans,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 1, 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-third 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