Governor and First Lady Honor Military Members and Their Families at Blaine House

February 16, 2012

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – To honor and recognize Maine National Guard members and their families, Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage held a reception at the Blaine House Thursday morning. More than fifty Maine Guardsman and family members joined the First Family, Maine National Guard leadership and representatives from other branches of the Armed Services.

Adjutant General John “Bill” Libby was scheduled to address a joint session of the Legislature after the reception. However, due to a family emergency, the speech has been delayed. A bill introduced last year by Representative Kenneth Fredette, of Newport, and signed by Gov. Paul LePage this month authorizes legislative leaders to invite the adjutant general to appear annually and address a joint session.

During the reception, Governor LePage and the First Lady presented a proclamation to several families of Maine Guardsman who have lost a loved one since September 11, 2001.

“The true heroes of our Nation will not be forgotten. We are forever indebted to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our lives, liberty and happiness,” said First Lady Ann LePage.

"As a State Representative and an active National Guard Airman, I applaud Governor LePage and Mrs. LePage for their leadership in recognizing the sacrifices of our citizen soldiers. I am proud to have played a small role in recognizing these sacrifices and honoring those who gave all," said Rep. Kenneth Fredette.

The Governor issued the following proclamation which honors military families and their lost loved ones:

WHEREAS, in 1893, a revision of the military law changed the designation from Maine Volunteer Militia to the State of Maine National Guard; this marked the beginning of a proud tradition where Maine would be protected and serve with citizen soldiers; and

WHEREAS, whether upholding and defending liberty and freedom or providing humanitarian support both domestic and foreign, the Maine National Guard serves proudly and honorably when called upon to support its citizenry; and

WHEREAS, this 125th Legislature convenes on this day to remember the sacrifice of those who served in the Maine National Guard and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty; and

WHEREAS, LD. 1639 was submitted by Representative Kenneth Fredette and approved by both Legislative bodies, authorizing the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to invite the Adjutant General to appear annually before a joint session of the Legislature to address the legislature on defense, veteran’s services and emergency management matters.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim February 16, 2012 to be

A Day of Recognition for Maine National Guard Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones in Defense of Their Country

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

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