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Governor LePage Declares February 6, 2012 to be A Day of Recognition for Maine National Guard Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones in Defense of Their Country

February 6, 2012

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring February 6, 2012 to be A Day of Recognition for Maine National Guard Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones in Defense of Their Country:

"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 is 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 LEPAGE, do hereby proclaim February 16th, 2012 as

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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