Women Veterans Plaque Dedicated
February 18, 2011 in the
State House Hall of Flags
On Friday, February 18, 2011, the women veterans' plaque was dedicated in the State House Hall of Flags in honor of Maine's women veterans. The fund raising process began in July 2010 to raise the necessary funds for purchasing the plaque and also to purchase silver commemorative coins in the likeness of the plaque to present to Maine's women veterans. Through the many generous private donations received from businesses, companies, veterans' service organizations, and individuals, the Bureau was able to raise the funds to purchase the plaque and purchase some of the silver commemorative coins for our women veterans. We are continuing to accept donations for purchasing additional silver commemorative coins to present to each of Maine's female veterans in recognition of their service. If you would like to make a donation for this purpose, please see below.
How to Donate:
Plaque and coins are totally funded through private donations - so we need your help!
Maine Veterans Services is posting the names of all contributors on our website.
To show our appreciation for your donation, we have commissioned 1,000 limited edition bronze commemorative coins in the likeness of the plaque. These coins will be given as a "thank-you gift" to the first 1,000 donors who contribute $100 or more. Maine Revenue Services has authorized $95 of each $100 donation as a tax deductible donation.
Donation Levels are:
Benefactor - $5,000 and over
Sponsor - $1,000 - $5,000
Patron - $100 to $1,000
Friend - under $100
Make Check out to: Treasurer, State of Maine
(Please note on check "women veterans coin "
Mail to: Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0117
If your donation is $100 or over, please make sure you include your mailing address so we can send a limited edition bronze commemorative coin in the likeness of the plaque (this will be given to the first 1,000 donors who contribute $100 or more).
If you are a woman veteran or know of a woman veteran that would like to receive a silver commemorative coin struck in the likenss of the plaque, please download an application to expedite the eligibility verification process and return it to the Bureau of Veterans' Services along with a copy of the military discharge. The application form is available in both a word and Adobe version and may be downloaded by clicking one of the following links:
About the Recognition Plaque
After months of planning, a design depicting Maine women who served in different US military capacities over four centuries was chosen. This included the 18th Century - Hannah Watts Weston, Revolutionary War a PATRIOT; 19th Century - Emily W. Dana, Civil War Union Army NURSE; 20th Century - Patricia A. (Chadwick) Erickson, WWII Army Air Force SERVICE PILOT; and 21st Century - Annette M. Bachman, War on Terrorism, Maine Army National Guard.
Annette Bachman posed for the plaque and was on hand at the press conference. The plaque was designed by Maine artist Gary Cooper.
We would like to recognize the individuals, organizations and businesses for their generosity in making a contribution towards the plaque. Contributors are listed by donation levels. Click on the various donation level links below to see a list of these contributors.
Governor's Press Release July 28, 2010 Recognizing Women Veterans
Fund Raising Kickoff - TV news video from WABI TV News