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For Immediate Release
Gwadosky expands "Vote in Honor of a Veteran"
Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced the publication of Maine Remembers Those Who Served: Tributes from the Pine Tree State, a 200 page book that provides a sampling of tributes by those who honored veterans through the "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program.
"Publishing this book was a time consuming, yet extremely rewarding project for our office", stated Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. "I am particularly proud of my staff, whose efforts made this project a reality. We took special care in our presentation of the many tributes we received by including historical references to compliment comments and provide a context for readers," Secretary Gwadosky continued. "We hope that those who read the book are as pleased as we are with the final product."
The "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program provided Maine citizens with the opportunity to honor those who proudly served this country in the armed services by wearing a personalized button to the polls. This small gesture sought to recognize our veterans' important contributions in keeping our democracy strong and ensuring our right to cast a ballot each Election Day. Over 10,000 people cast a ballot and honored a veteran in November 2000.
Maine Remembers, an extension of that program, compiles the responses to a simple inquiry on the button request form, 'Please tell us something about the person you are honoring.'
"Processing the requests, we were moved by the tributes that were provided. It seemed only fitting to make some of these stories available to the public," said Secretary Gwadosky.
The book presents the many tributes historically by military conflict through five chapters:
The original button program drew a connection between the sacrifices made by veterans and our right to vote. With this book, history comes to life by sharing Maine connections to many historical events.
A complimentary book will be provided to all high school and public libraries. The books will also be available for purchase ($9.95) at many bookstores or through the Office of the Secretary of State at 626-8400 or online at www.state.me.us/sos/.
A sample of tributes from Maine Remembers:
"My husband, Alcee A. Vigue, served in the Navy in WWII on the USS Hyman in the South Pacific in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was hit by a kamikaze attack and saw the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima."
Mrs. Cecile M. Vigue, Fairfield (Page 57)
"I am voting in honor of Edward Ross, who was a nose gunner on a B-24 in the 8th Air Force during WWII. He received 2 Flying Crosses as well as other honors. Ed is in his 80's and still continues to work on various local committees and is active in the 8th Air Force Veterans' Association."
D. Soule, York
"My father, William See, served in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 336th squadron, as a Flight Engineer on a B-17. He was shot down on his 11th mission. My father walked on a forced march over 600 kilometers across Germany. He has never received his POW medal. He will be 80 years young on December 14, 2000. I am so proud of my father and what he did, not only for me but also for what he did for our great country."
Daniel See, Bucksport (Page 79)
"My dad, Guy F. Donohue, was in the U.S. Army and was in the third wave at Normandy. He supplied fuel for General Patton's Third Army. He was also an interpreter and could ask the farmers, in French, if there were any Germans. He is 77 years old. He is a busy and active man. He looks young for his age. He had 6 children and I love him to pieces."
Carol A. Proteau, Lewiston (Page 94)
"I am voting in honor of my brother, Floyd M. Elwell, Jr., who served in the U.S. Army at the close of WWII and was the head chef for the German prisoners during the Nuremberg Trials. We served together with another brother, Richard, in Vietnam from 1965-66. Floyd died in November 1999."
W. Elwell, SFC (Ret.), Bath
"I am voting in honor of the 6 Gilbert brothers, all of whom served honorably: Armand, Lionel, Alfred, Joseph, Richard and Gerald. Armand served in the South Pacific, Lionel in Normandy, Omaha Beach, France and Germany, Alfred in the USAF in France, Germany and Okinawa, Joe in the USMC in Germany, Richard in the USMC, and Gerald in the US Army in Korea. I am the only one left."
O. Gilbert, Augusta