***To ensure the health and safety of the Governor’s office, we regret to inform you that we are unable to fulfill ceremonial document requests until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.***
All language is subject to review by the Governor’s Office, and we reserve the right to decline requests that fail to meet review guidelines.
The following are guidelines for proclamations:
- A Georgia resident must make the request at least 45 days in advance but no more than six months in advance of the event date or proclaimed date. In order for the request to be met within that time period, we must have all information provided.
- Proclamations must affect a broad group of people. A request to honor an individual, family, specific organization, or group of organizations will qualify as a request for a commendation which may be requested here. Requests for proclamations of local significance should be directed to local authorities.
- If the request is being made on behalf of an organization, please make sure that the organization is compliant with state laws and rules for registration.
- Proposed language, including four to six “Whereas” clauses is required.
- Neither mailed, faxed, hand-delivered; emailed nor phone requests will be honored.
- Proclamations should not take sides in matters of political controversy; nor should they address individual convictions.
- If statistics are included in a proclamation request, the requestor must include a link to a credible source that is backed up with evidence.
- Multiple requests by the same organization will not be honored within the same calendar year. Individuals requesting a proclamation must be able to show that they have been designated to make the request on behalf of a larger group.
- Proclamations are issued for one period of time only. For example, if “Georgia Day” is proclaimed on January 1, then “Georgia Week” and “Georgia Month” will not be proclaimed in the same calendar year.
- A proclamation may not be used as part of an advertisement or commercial promotion without the express consent of the Governor’s Office.
- Proclamations are not annually renewed. New requests must be made each year.
- Every request must gain official approval before being issued.
- The Governor’s Office reserves the right to modify or deny any proclamation request.
- Due to the volume of requests received, we regret that the Governor’s Office may not be able to accommodate every request.
WHEREAS: The State of Georgia was founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe, who received a Royal Charter for establishing a colony in honor of King George II and led 116 people from England on the HMS Anne, landing near present-day Savannah on February 12, 1733; and
WHEREAS: George Walton, Button Gwinnett, and Lymon Hall each signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of Georgia, which later became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on January 2, 1788; and
WHEREAS: Since its founding 285 years ago, Georgia’s population has grown to more than 9 million people. In addition to being a leader in agriculture, Georgia now enjoys its status as a top commercial, financial, and cultural center for the Southeast and our nation; and
WHEREAS: Georgia’s magnificent natural beauty, from the mountains to the seashore, its many historical wonders and sites, and its distinctive cultural heritage are all reasons to celebrate this great state; now
I, BRIAN KEMP, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim January 2, 2018, as GEORGIA DAY in Georgia.