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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson
626-8404

Successful Programs Honoring Veterans Continue to Inspire Thousands of Mainers

Secretary Matthew Dunlap says “Mainers understand honor and sacrifice”

Augusta- On the eve of the 90th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap noted the many ways we chose to honor veterans. “I know Mainers are keenly aware of the sacrifices made by our military men and women in defense of our country. Keeping our veterans in mind, on Veteran's Day and every day, is the best way to be certain their efforts are never in vain, and never taken for granted. That's why I'm so pleased to see the continued success of programs sponsored by this office designed specifically to honor our veterans.”

The programs Dunlap refers to are Vote in Honor of a Veteran and the Congressional Medal of Honor Project. Vote in Honor of a Veteran provides a button featuring a veteran's name to anyone who requests one, so they may wear it to the polls as tribute to a soldier who has had a direct impact on their life. “Vote in Honor of a Veteran was hugely successful on last week's Election Day,” Dunlap said. “We provided over 5,500 Vote in Honor of a Veteran buttons to people all over Maine. Requests came from literally every corner of our state—from Fort Kent to Kittery, Eastport to Jackman, and all points in between. This simple act is a perfect tribute; the right to vote, as provided by our Constitution, is but one of the many rights and liberties our veterans have fought so hard to protect for us all.” For more information about Vote in Honor of a Veteran, visit www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter_info/veteran/

Additionally, the Secretary of State is pleased to announce the launch of a new Congressional Medal of Honor Project web page-, www.maine.gov/sos/kids/cmoh/index.html . The web page serves as a repository of information about Maine 's Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and provides guidance for teachers, students, and other groups participating in the project. The Secretary of State, as overseer of State documents and historical artifacts within the Maine State Archives, works with local community and school groups to recognize Maine Congressional Medal of Honor recipients with memorials in their home towns or places of burial. Additionally, the Secretary of State shares information about these recipients and their memorials in a central location on the internet. “The work done by students in this program thus far has been very impressive indeed,” says Dunlap. “Having students learn about a distinguished recipient of this high honor from their own area, and develop a memorial to make certain these individuals are never forgotten, makes this program invaluable—not just as an educational tool, but as a community service.”