Franco-American War Veterans Organization Holds 80th National Convention
September 22, 2012
For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage traveled to Auburn to join with members of Franco-American War Veterans Inc. to celebrate its annual convention and the 25th anniversary of the founding Post and Unit #31 in Maine.
“Maine has a rich French heritage. Over the last 400 years, French language, history, and people have enriched our state,” said Governor LePage. “This is true for our service members as well. Maine has an established tradition of answering the call to duty, and Americans of French decent have been no exception to this.”
Established in 1932 as La légion Franco-Américaine des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, Franco-American War Veterans Inc. has been celebrating French culture, honoring Franco-American Veterans, and preserving French heritage throughout New England. The organization was founded in Lawrence, MA, but quickly expanded to other cities in Massachusetts and New England. The Maine chapter – Post #31 – is the youngest member of the organization, founded in October of 1986.
Governor LePage also praised Franco-American Veteran Inc. member, Gilbert Daniels, for his bravery and heroism. Last year, the 97 year-old veteran was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal and knighted by the Republic of France.
“Mr. Daniels is a true hero, and I am proud to call him a fellow Mainer and Franco-American,” commented Governor LePage.