Military Issues Highlighted by the First Lady at Lewiston Forum

September 15, 2011

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – First Lady Ann LePage joined Maine National Guard Adjutant General Bill Libby today at the Lewiston Public Library to talk about military issues our state and nation is currently confronted with.

When offered the opportunity to speak at the Library’s Great Falls Forum the First Lady, who has chosen to publically advocate for Maine service members and their families, gladly accepted. “I choose to stand up our military members, past and present, because of everything they have given me, my family, our great State and Nation. We can never forget the freedoms we all share and the security our men and women in uniform have given to us,” she said.

At today’s forum Maj. Gen. Bill Libby was asked to speak about Afghanistan and their local government situation, the 10th anniversary of September 11, and the needs of military families in the 21st century.

The Great Falls Forum is a monthly speaker series which is jointly sponsored by the Lewiston Sun Journal, Bates College and the Lewiston Public Library. For the last 13 years they have been bringing statewide, regional and national leaders to the podium to present on a variety of issues surrounding public policy, education and the arts.

First Lady Ann LePage is actively involved with the Maine Military & Community Leadership Council, Maine Military & Community Network Program, Operation Tribute, and other programs that support our troops.

Additionally, the Governor and First Lady have dinner with three military families at the Blaine House each month. “This gives us an opportunity to meet with the families one-on-one to learn more about the challenges they face,” Ann LePage said. “There is so much these families sacrifice for us. Their stories are heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking. We are so grateful for their service.”

Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage autographs a camper at the Maine National Guard Youth Camp in Gilead, Maine. LePage accompanied The Adjutant General of Maine, Maj. Gen. Libby in July to see the program in action.

Photo: Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage autographs a camper at the Maine National Guard Youth Camp in Gilead, Maine. LePage accompanied The Adjutant General of Maine, Maj. Gen. Libby in July to see the program in action.