State of Maine Gold Star Recognition
Maine's Gold Star Recognition program
was kicked off at a dedication ceremony on August 7, 2006 at the State House Hall of Flags. Governor John E. Baldacci and Major General Bill Libby started off the medal presentation by first dedicating a Gold Star Medal to all the Mainer's lost in Combat Operations since Maine became a State on March 15, 1820 to September 10, 2001. This medal will be displayed in a memorial at Camp Keyes. Medal presentations were then made to families whose service members had died since September 11, 2001.
Medal Criteria for Service member
- Killed-In-Action or
- Died of injury or illness while deployed in support of combat operations and
- Was a resident of Maine or Maine was the official Home of Record at the time deployed and
- Served in support of the Global War on Terrorism on or after September 11, 2001.
- Finish: Antique Bronze
- Diameter: 1.50 inches
- Thickness: .144 inches
- Die: Full sculptural medallic relief
- Ribbon: Full drape with color ribbon the same color as the blue in the American Flag
- Designed by: Local Artist, Gary Cooper of Fayette, Maine
- Struck by: Medalcraft Mint, Inc of Green Bay, WI
The medal would not be possible without Governor's Baldacci's legislative and financial support in conjunction with the support of the 122nd Legislature that gave the authority to the Director of the Bureau of Veterans' Services to strike medals, coins and certificates to honor Maine's veterans.
The event on September 11, 2001 has changed our nation. The recognition of men and women from Maine who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" in defense of our nation and fought for our citizen's freedom is extremely significant and important. While our current efforts focus on recognizing those men and women who recently died while deployed, our goal is to recognize all those Mainer's who have given their lives in suport of combat operatins since World War I. We will continue to work to reach our goal and recognize those individuals.
In addition, Maine recognizes the loss suffered by Maine families of service members from other states who also made the "ultimate sacrifice".