March 14, 2012
AUGUSTA— Representative John Martin, D- Eagle Lake, Chair of the Legislature’s Franco-American Caucus, is pleased to announce that the Eleventh Annual Franco-American Day will be held at the State Capitol in Augusta Wednesday, March 21. Once again the daylong celebration is scheduled during International Francophone Week, celebrated worldwide during the week of March 18-25.
“This is a wonderful way to highlight and celebrate the important role the French have played in shaping Maine,” Representative Martin said. “With all the food and music it’s really a wonderful time.”
There will be French music throughout the building, and cultural displays in the Hall of Flags. The Cross Cafeteria in the neighboring State Office Building will be serving a Franco-American menu in celebration. The American, French and Canadian national anthems will be performed in both the House and the Senate.
The legislative session will be conducted in both French and English and will be conducted by Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Brian Bolduc of Auburn in the House and President Pro Tem Sen. Deborah Plowman of Hampden in the Senate.
There will be many events including the Presentation of colors by the Franco-American Veterans, and presentations by dignitaries from France, Canada and the Province of Quebec. There will also be six new inductions into the Franco-American Hall of Fame: Daniel LaPointe of Van Buren; Dennis “Duke” Dutremble of Biddeford; Richard Bechard of Augusta and Aliette Couturier of Lewiston. In addition, Robert Couturier and Eugene Paradis will be receiving posthumous recognition of their lifelong work for the Franco-American people of Maine.
A press conference will be held at 12:00 noon to announce the nominees to the Hall of Fame, and recognize the visiting dignitaries from France, Canada and Quebec Province.
For more information, or to reserve a table in the Hall of Flags, call Alex Pringle in the House Democratic Office at 287-1430 or Dan Shagoury in the Senate Democratic Office at 287-1515.
Alex Pringle, 287-1430, Dan Shagoury, 287-1515