For Immediate Release
November 9, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
Secretary of State Gwadosky Highlights
Book of Tributes for Maine Veterans
Maine Remembers available for Veterans Day
AUGUSTA, MAINE — In recognition of Veterans Day, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Tuesday that a special publication honoring Maine veterans is available through his office. The book, Maine Remembers Those Who Served, is a collection of moving tributes to veterans from their friends and relatives. It chronicles the contributions of men and women from Maine in all branches of the military for over 250 years. The book celebrates their selfless dedication and commitment to service, and honors their legacy of defending democracy.
Originally published in 2001, Maine Remembers has now been posted on the Secretary of State’s website (www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter_info/veteran/). It includes a unique feature allowing individuals to submit additional tributes. Secretary Gwadosky expressed hope that the online version of the book would continue to expand and serve as a permanent tribute to our state’s veterans.
“This book serves as a way of saying thank you to the thousands of brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend our nation and safeguard democracy. My staff and I have been touched by the moving tributes that have been submitted to our office,” Secretary Gwadosky commented. “We hope many families will request a copy of Maine Remembers, and choose to keep it growing by submitting tributes through our website.”
The online comments contributed thus far include this entry from an individual in Danville, Maine: “My father served over 20 years in the Army and I understood early what dedication and loyalty was. My father was in the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict. He gave of himself to serve what he believed in and to also protect his beloved United States and his family.”
A tribute from Dixfield demonstrates how the ties to our veterans remain strong through the years: “Chester graduated with 26 of us from Woodstock High School in 1965. He joined the U.S. Marines shortly after graduation and was killed in Vietnam in the early part of 1967. He is sadly missed at every class reunion.”
Maine Remembers is available at no cost through the Secretary of State’s office. In addition to ordering the book online (www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter_info/veteran/), copies can be obtained by calling (207) 626-8406.