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


Whereas In April 2004 the United States Congress passed a resolution proclaiming May as Military Appreciation Month and calling on all Americans to remember those who gave their  lives and those who suffered visible or invisible wounds in defense of freedom and to honor the men and women of our Armed Services and their families; and

Whereas Massachusetts has a rich history of military service, stretching back before the founding of this nation up through the present day; and

Whereas The vigilance of the members of the Armed Forces has been instrumental to the preservation of the freedom, security, and prosperity enjoyed by the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States; and 

Whereas The success of the Armed Forces depends on the dedicated service and sacrifice of its members and their families and the support of the members of the public they serve and defend; and

Whereas In keeping with the resolution of the United States Congress as well as the Commonwealth's long and noble tradition of military service, leadership, and civic engagement it is appropriate to fully express our gratitude and support for our currently serving and retired military service members and their spouses and families,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 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 eighth day of May, 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