Governor LePage to Join Flag Day Celebration with Descendant of Betsy Ross

June 9, 2015

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – On Sunday, June 14, Governor Paul R. LePage will join flag muralist Scott LoBaido, who is now on a 50-state "Painting Flags Across America Tour," to reveal a massive flag mural created exclusively for American Legion Post 31 in Auburn.

The unveiling of the mural coincides with the 99th anniversary of Flag Day and includes a special guest with family ties to the originator of the American Flag. John Harker, great-great-great-great grandson of Betsy Ross, who has conducted scholarly research on his ancestor's place in the creation of the original flag will attend the unveiling.

Prior to the reveal, on Thursday, June 11, LoBaido, who calls the American flag "the greatest piece of artwork ever created," will begin toiling away on a customized 16' x 30' Old Glory mural on American Legion Post 31 in Auburn. LoBaido will be in Auburn as part of an arduous six-month national tour he's undertaken to paint the Stars and Stripes on American Legion Post or VFW buildings in all 50 states. To date, LoBaido is 50-percent of the way towards his goal.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony for the flag mural at American Legion Post 31, 426 Washington St. North, Auburn. Note: Media requests for interviews with LoBaido, or Betsy Ross descendant John Harker, a supporter of the tour, will be promptly expedited. Please contact:

Catherine Christman
Media Relations
"Painting Flags Across America Tour"
(803) 240-5863

WHEN: Sunday, June 14, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: American Legion Post 31, 426 Washington St. North, Auburn