PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Some Maine veterans’ groups and others are encouraging members to buy the state’s specialty license plate that includes the phrase “We support our Troops.”

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the plate will have to be retired on Nov. 1 unless about 450 more of the $55 plates are sold by then.

That’s because state law requires Dunlap to retire special plates if sales are below 4,000 a year. And only 3,565 of the plates have been sold.

The Portland Press Herald says a lawmaker is proposing a law to protect the plate.

Don Simoneau of the American Legion has sent e-mails to veterans groups urging them to get the word out.

Martin’s Point Health Care is encouraging its 500 employees to buy the plates.

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