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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2004
Contact: Doug Dunbar
(207) 626-8404

Secretary of State Unveils Maine's Newly Enhanced
Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program

BANGOR, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky was joined by veterans and their family members on Monday to unveil Maine's newly enhanced Vote in Honor of a Veteran program.  The event took place at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, which is home to WWII, Vietnam and Purple Heart memorials.

Maine's Vote in Honor of a Veteran program provides opportunities for individuals to recognize those who have served—or continue to serve--in the United States Armed Forces.  It was created by Secretary of State Gwadosky for the 2000 General Election.  Because of its popularity, as well as the events of September 11th and their aftermath, the program continues.

“This effort offers a unique way for voters to express their appreciation to the thousands of Maine people who have served our nation and defended freedom, including the right to vote, throughout the generations.  It also sends a timely reminder to each of us about the fundamental importance of democracy and voting,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

The program features “I'm voting in Honor of a Veteran” buttons, which can now be ordered through the Secretary of State's office.  Each button includes the name of the veteran being recognized by the voter.  In 2000, more than 10,000 buttons were distributed.  Maine people honored grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, as well as neighbors, friends or fellow veterans. 

Additionally, copies of the book Maine Remembers Those Who Served are also available.  Developed by the Secretary of State's office, this book is a collection of moving tributes to veterans.  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.

New for 2004, Secretary Gwadosky announced that Maine Remembers Those Who Served has been posted online, with a special feature allowing individuals to submit additional tributes.  He expressed hope that the book would continue to expand, and serve as a permanent tribute to our state's veterans. 

More information about the program, including details for submitting a tribute, is available by calling the Secretary of State's office in Augusta at (207) 626-8406 or online by visiting www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter_info/veteran/ .