[Square & Compasses] from the M.W. Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Massachusetts [Grand Lodge Seal]

Freemasonry Recognition Day in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A Proclamation

By His Excellency

GOVERNOR ARGEO PAUL CELLUCCI

1998

Whereas: American Freemasonry was created in Massachusetts in 1733 and today is represented by 289 Masonic Lodges in more than 170 communities in the Commonwealth; and
Whereas: Freemasonry unites men of diverse business, educational, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, who are united under common beliefs, morals, and ethics; and
Whereas: Past American Freemasons included such notable figures, each of who inspired and led efforts to establish and preserve personal liberty and religious freedom, as Paul Revere, John Hancock, Juseph Warren, 29 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 20 signers of the United States Constitution and 15 Presidents of the United States; and
Whereas: Contributing internationally more than $2 million to charities each day towards the betterment of mankind, Freemasonry generously improves the quality of life for many individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, or nationality; and
Whereas: In Massachusetts alone, Freemasonry collects more than 20,000 pints of blood annually, provides more than $200,000 in college scholarship assistance annually, promotes child safety through DARE and Child Identification Programs, operates a living and health care facility for elders, and supports numerous local and national charities; and
Whereas: It is appropriate for all Massachusetts citizens to recognize the many contributions made to improve the quality of life by the Freemasons;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARGEO PAUL CELLUCCI, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 31st, 1998 to be

FREEMASONRY RECOGNITION DAY IN MASSACHUSETTS

and urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
By His Excellency the Governor Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-first day on August, in the year of our Lord on thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundered and twenty-third.
[signature:Argeo Paul Cellucci]
ARGEO PAUL CELLUCCI
[signature: William Francis Galvin]
WILLIAM F. GALVIN
Secretary of the Commonwealth
GOD SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS


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