According to a recently published maine.gov press release, Maine Governor John E. Baldacci presented the State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to 17 veterans in a Hall of Flags ceremony on Tuesday. This medal is rather new. It was first awarded to Maine’s veterans a year ago and it still given to those who have been injured while serving their country.
Governor Baldacci said, “You know all too well the meaning of sacrifice and of service…this is not surprising…because taking care of our community is what we as Mainers are all about. You are part of this tradition of service, and I am proud to be with you today.”
Still to this day, Maine has proportionately more veterans than any other state in the entire United States.
Governor Baldacci has also stressed the importance of ensuring that current and past soldiers and their families are taken care of by the state. This year, the Governor has worked with Maine’s Congress to make sure all veterans receive the proper benefits.
According to the press release, the Governor including these as the benefits for veterans: “Providing significant funds to the Veterans Financial Assistance Program and for the veteran’s cemetery, helping to fund and signing into law a special license plate to honor Maine residents serving our country, beginning the process of establishing the Maine Veterans’ Home “Veterans Campus”, which will create a one-stop shop and to expand services in Bangor, and which is intended to serve as a model for similar projects around the state; and Passage of the Governor’s bill, “An Act To Protect the Lives and Health of Members of the Maine National Guard,” model legislation that will help safeguard the health of members of the Maine National Guard.”
During the ceremony, the Governor thanked all the veterans and their families: “I honor you and your commitment today with these medals,” said Governor Baldacci.
Below is the list of veterans recognized today, and the town in Maine in which they live:
SPC Fredrick Allen: Pittsfield
PVT Richard Bond: Springvale
SGT Nathan Burke: Canaan
SGT Christopher Cruciotti: West Gardiner
LCpl Ryan Doyle: Durham
SPC Christopher Fraser: South China
SGT Matthew Pennington: Winterport
SRA Nicholas Prunell: Etna
SGT Paul Shelmerdine: Warren
World War II
Robert Baker: Windsor
Estol McClintock: Wellington
Richard Chick: Winthrop
Kenneth Cyphers: Hallowell
Jack G. Stearns: Vassalboro
Gary I. Laweryson: Waldoboro
John Moore: Brewer
Randy Worthley: Winslow
Two veterans that were injured in Iraq were not able to attend the ceremony at the State House:
LCpl Thomas Adametz: Winslow
SGT George Greene: Dexter