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For Immediate Release
August 30, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Post-Labor Day Kick-off for
"Vote in Honor of a Veteran" Program
Wednesday, September 4, 2002, 10:30 a.m.

World War II Memorial
Cole Land Transportation Museum
405 Perry Road, Bangor

On Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at 10:30 a.m., Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will hold a post-Labor Day kick-off event for the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program at the World War II Memorial located at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.

"This program is a way for us to show our appreciation for those who have served in the military and thereby have helped preserve our many freedoms, especially our right to vote," stated Secretary Gwadosky. "No longer can people take the right to vote for granted. Next week will mark a tragic anniversary in the history of this country that will never be forgotten. It will be a time to reflect on all that has transpired in the past year and on the importance of preserving our freedoms and democratic values. We cannot forget these significant events, we cannot forget that our right to vote is the cornerstone of our democratic process and we cannot forget those who served and risked their lives to preserve our freedoms," said Secretary Gwadosky.

Participating in the event will be the Bangor High School Junior ROTC, along with many distinguished guests, including veterans from the various branches of the Armed Services. Galen Cole, the founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum, will host the event and provide welcoming remarks.

The "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program, introduced for the 2000 election, seeks to highlight the connection between those who have served our country in the armed forces and our right to vote. Voters are encouraged to request a button personalized with the name of the veteran they are honoring and wear it to the polls on Election Day. The buttons will indicate that the wearer is voting in honor of a veteran who has served, or is serving in the military.

The response to the initial program in 2000 was overwhelming with 10,000 Maine voters wearing buttons to the polls honoring a veteran in their life--a father or mother, a sister or brother, a husband or wife, a neighbor or fellow veteran. Buttons obtained for the 2000 election cycle may be worn again for this coming election on November 5, 2002.

Voters may request a personalized button online at www.maine.gov/sos/veterans/ or request an order form by calling (207) 626-8406.