AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann M. LePage this week tied a yellow ribbon around one of the Blaine House maple trees to remember the men and women in uniform serving at home and around the world.

“All of our military members home and overseas deserve our appreciation. They’re the ones away from their families, giving all to protect the freedoms we share,” LePage said in a statement issued Thursday. “I want to thank our troops for their service and sacrifice to keep our great nation safe. I want to thank their families, too, for their patience and willingness to support their loved ones as they are away from home.” 

Ann LePage has made supporting Maine troops her top priority while serving as the state’s first lady.

The LePages have a close friend who deployed in 2013. Lt. j.g. Michael Cianchette, former chief legal counsel for Gov. LePage, is serving with the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan.

“With the start of the new year, I think it’s important to remember our loved ones serving our beloved country,” Ann LePage said in a prepared statement. “Almost every Mainer is somehow associated with a member of America’s military and I encourage everyone who knows a service member to adorn a tree of their own with a yellow ribbon. We must never forget the sacrifices that are being made each and every day to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of those around the world.”

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