1932 Massachusetts Governor Joseph B. Ely Proclamation Broadside
Commemerating 2 Centuries of History, since the birth of George Washington
Original Massachusetts Proclamation Broadside, issued on behalf of His Excellency, the Governor, Joseph B. Ely, by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Frederic W. Cook.
Massachusetts remembers with reverence, and honors with appropriate ceremonies the natal days of the builders of this Republic. Supreme among the founders of the nation stands "the Father of His Country,"
Two centuries of history, since the birth of Washington, make paramount the truth that he was the one indispensable actor in the great drama that led to the birth of this nation. His life and public career made him inevitably the outstanding leader in that great historic event. Washington well deserves the tribute paid him by "Light Horse Harry Lee," who, in a memorial address before Congress, spoke of him as "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
His utter integrity of character, his strong sense of patriotic duty, and marked achievement in many fields of service, made Washington the foremost man in America, indeed in the world, at the time of his death.
It is appropriate that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should join in the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of this great American. On three occasions Washington came to Massachusetts. He visited more than sixty of our towns and cities. Through the trying days of the Revolution and through his entire life thereafter, this Commonwealth stood valiantly by his side.
Nation and state join this year in commemorating the bicentennial of his birth in a series of events that will begin on February twenty-second and continue through Thanksgiving Day. In thus honoring his memory, we shall be paying tribute to one whose every quality of heart and mind has been an inspiration for better citizenship and greater service to mankind.
Therefore, I, Joseph B. Ely, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do earnestly request that every citizen of the Commonwealth join in the observance of the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington, who stands as a great beacon light of history and, after two centuries, still merits the encomium, "Our first American."
Given at the, Executive Chamber, in Boston, this seventeenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifty-sixth.
JOSEPH B. ELY
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