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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2006
Contact: Nicole Ladner
207-626-8407

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Honors
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

Exploratory committee named to facilitate creation of memorial plaques

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in his charge of overseeing the Maine State Archives and encouraging civic participation, would like to see Maine’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipients venerated with memorials in their home towns.

Secretary Dunlap has assembled an exploratory committee that will determine the most efficient and helpful way that the Secretary of State’s office can aide schools or civic groups in their efforts to achieve this goal.

“These soldiers have been singled out to be Congressional Medal of Honor recipients because they are ‘the bravest of the brave,’” said Dunlap. “Many of their citations list incredible acts of valor that saved hundreds of lives, yet most people do not know the stories of these forefathers from their own town. There are many people of younger generations who are not aware of the medal or its significance at all. This is a wonderful way to combine historic, educational and civic lessons and honor our veterans as well.”

The Congressional Medal of Honor Exploratory Committee members are Sen. Richard Nass of Acton, Rep. Charles Fisher of Brewer, and Donald A. Simoneau, First Vice Commander of the American Legion, Department of Maine. All members are veterans and will hold their first meeting in Augusta in late November.

“The town of Lincoln has done a marvelous job with their memorial to Master Sergeant Gary Gordon,” said Fisher who is a Maine Troop Greeter at the Bangor International Airport . “It would be wonderful if we could make this process easy and attainable so that other towns in Maine can do the same thing.”

There are 74 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients with a Maine town listed as their place of birth. Sixty-three municipalities are represented among them.

“I look forward to participating with others in an educational effort to honor and recognize our Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and to encourage the public’s involvement in this effort,” said Nass.