July 4 was “New England Day” at Quebec’s 400th celebration. As a tribute of appreciation, the New England states sent performers to Quebec City to show off pride for being Franco-Americans.

The mistress of ceremonies was Elaine L’Heureux Uzan of New York City, formerly of Auburn. She represented us very well. Toe-tapping music, bluegrass and fun music was heard from all entries, but Maine’s presentation did not match the other performers.

There were three monuments, one representing New England, Vermont, and the United States.

Many dignitaries from New England, including the governor of Vermont and Sen. Patrick Lahey, D-Vt., were in attendance. Maine had Lewiston Mayor Laurent Gilbert and his wife, and Paul and Rita Dube as its representatives.

Of the New England states, Maine has the longest border with Canada, and yet there was no fanfare, locally or in Augusta, regarding our neighbor’s 400th anniversary.

The world thinks differently. The Eucharist Congress, Knights of Columbus national convention was in Quebec this year. People from around the world are going to Quebec.

What an excellent way to publicize the state of Maine. There should have been money available from at least the tourism bureau.

It is my opinion that it was a missed opportunity for the state.

Roland Bergeron, Auburn

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