Governor LePage Proclaims Tuesday, June 14, 2011 as Flag Day in Maine

June 13, 2011

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (2027) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul LePage signed a proclamation today regarding Flag Day in the State of Maine.

“The American flag is a prominent icon in our history which symbolizes freedom and unity,” said Governor LePage. “It deserves the recognition and respect from all who share the freedoms in which our Nations’ foundation was built upon.”

For more information about flag etiquette please visit http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/news/flag_etiquette.shtml

Proclamation is as follows:

WHEREAS, there is no better symbol of our country’s values and traditions then the flag of the United States of America. Chosen by the Continental Congress in 1777, it continues to exemplify the profound commitment to freedom, equality, and opportunity made by our founders more than two centuries ago. Our flag’s proud stars and stripes have long inspired our people, and it’s beautiful red white and blue design is known around the world as a beacon of liberty and justice; and

WHEREAS, today, America’s flag graces classrooms, statehouses, courtrooms, and churches. The brave members of our armed forces carry “ old glory” with them as they fulfill their mission to defend the blessings of democracy and peace across the globe; our banner flies from public buildings as a sign of our national community; and its folds drape the tombs of our distinguished dead. The flag is a badge of honor to all—a sign of our citizens’ common purpose; and WHEREAS, its 13 red and white stripes represent not only the original colonies , but also the courage and purity of our Nation, while its 50 stars stand for the separate but united States of our Union. Let us pledge allegiance to this flag to declare our patriotism and raise its colors high to express our pride and respect for the American way of life; and

WHEREAS, to commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949 (63 Stat.492), designated June 14 of each year as “Flag Day” and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings: and

WHEREAS, the congress also requested the President, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966 (80 Stat. 194), to issue annually a proclamation designation the week in which June 14 falls as “National Flag Week”.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2011 as

FLAG DAY

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this thirteenth day of June Two Thousand and Eleven.

Paul R. LePage Governor