State seeking veterans for recognition program

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AUGUSTA — The State of Maine is looking for the following veterans: Purple Heart recipients, prisoners of war or the families of those who died during World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars. 

The state has established a recognition program to honor the service and sacrifice of its veterans who were wounded, POWs or died in support of combat operations since the beginning of World War II. 

The Bureau of Veterans’ Services conducts periodic presentation ceremonies around the state to provide an opportunity for the family and friends of veterans to attend a local recognition ceremony to see their loved one recognized for their military service.   

Rep. Sheryl Briggs of Mexico plans to have such a ceremony in the River Valley area in the near future to honor such recipients.

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“Once we’ve got a sufficient amount of veteran’s responses, we will then schedule the event. I hope we have a quick turnaround of responses as many of our World War II veterans are passing on so I would like to be able to recognize them as soon as possible. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call the central office in Augusta for verification. I am looking forward to upcoming ceremony,” Briggs said.

Information on the program can be found on the Bureau of Veterans’ Services Web site at www.maine.gov/dvem/bvs/ and by clicking on the Maine Heroes button on the left of the page. Information on the program is also available by calling the central office at 626-4464.

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