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WHEREAS, the upcoming 400th anniversary of the settlement at Plymouth, Massachusetts presents a unique opportunity to honor our national history and the establishment of New England’s oldest municipality, settled by those seeking religious freedom and memorializing their commitment to democracy in what would be a precursor to the Constitution of the United States, the Mayflower Compact;
WHEREAS, commemoration of that 400th anniversary honors the Wampanoag and English peoples who shaped the building of America and its time honored traditions;
WHEREAS, organizational efforts and collaboration must continue to intensify to ensure that this significant, historic anniversary, now just four years away, is appropriately promoted and shared with the citizens of the Commonwealth, the United States and beyond; and
WHEREAS, expansion of perspectives, expertise and resources in the planning of this commemoration will further its historic accuracy and representation of the democratic ideals that disembarked with William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1620.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution, Part 2, c. 2, § I, Art. I, do hereby revoke Executive Order No. 502 and order as follows:
Section 1. The Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission (the “Commission”) is established to ensure a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620.
Section 2. The Commission may include the following members:
Section 3. The Governor may extend an invitation to other distinguished individuals to serve as Honorary Chairs of the Commission.
Section 4. The Commission shall have the following responsibilities:
Section 5. The Chair, as needed, may establish subcommittees comprised of members of the Commission to accomplish the purposes of this Executive Order.
Section 6. The Commission, its members, and any subcommittee members shall receive no compensation for their work and will seek, as permitted, philanthropic support and state and federal funds to support the Commission’s projects and activities.
Section 7. This Executive Order will expire on December 31, 2021.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 20th Day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred forty-one.