Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas The murder of a loved one robs their family of a mother, father, husband, wife, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, aunt, uncle or extended family member and creates an overwhelming challenge to fill the void that their absence creates; and
WhereasSurvivors of homicide victims are scattered across the Commonwealth and are in need of specific and targeted intervention that starts with the death notification and goes far beyond the burial, and in some cases the trial; and
Whereas Survivors use their tragedies to tell stories of pain inflicted by the murder. They have rejected paths of retaliation, shame and isolation and instead leaned toward learning and teaching lessons of compassion and peace; and
WhereasSurvivors want their murdered children to be valued, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their deaths, and their surviving children to grow up in a safe environment, recognized for their human worth rather than as statistics waiting to happen; and
Whereas Throughout the year and particularly during the holidays, survivors of homicide victims experience overwhelming grief, isolation and despair; and
Whereas Survivors of homicide victims are using this painful understanding of violence to honor their loved ones by providing leadership to our society in its quest to find ways to prevent violence and promote peace by effecting policy changes on a local, state and national level,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 20th-December 20th 2013, to be,
SURVIVORS OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS 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, this fifteenth day of November, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth