Maine Government News
Governor LePage Urges Mainers to Remember Prisoners of War and Those Missing in Action
September 21, 2012
POW/MIA Recognition Day honors former POW heroes and those still missing
For Immediate Release: Friday, September 21, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has signed a proclamation to designate Friday, September 21, 2012 as POW/MIA Recognition Day throughout the State of Maine. In issuing the proclamation, Governor LePage encouraged Maine residents to thank veterans in the families and communities, and to be mindful of the extraordinary sacrifice of those who have served in the military.
“We are indebted to thousands of veterans from Maine who risked their lives, and served our nation with courage and distinction,” Governor LePage commented. “They fought to preserve freedom and their contributions are enduring. Some became prisoners of war and hundreds remain missing in action.”
In issuing the POW/MIA Recognition Day proclamation, LePage emphasized that more than 500 service members from Maine are still unaccounted for. He stressed that all of those individuals are forever remembered and none have been forgotten.
“We can never forget that hundreds of our neighbors never returned,” Governor LePage added. “Time will not diminish the contributions of our POW/MIA heroes, and we will always be grateful for their selfless service.”
Governor LePage used this occasion to remind all veterans in Maine to learn about services available to them through the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Information is available by clicking here or by calling 626-4271. He also noted that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation is working to make it easier for veterans to obtain occupational licenses in some professions by ensuring they receive appropriate credit toward licensure requirements based on relevant military training and experience. More information can be obtained by calling 624-8678.