AUGUSTA — The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services will host a veteran recognition ceremony and art show at the Maine State House on Friday, Nov. 8, when veterans will be awarded the new State of Maine Honorable Service Coin meant to honor all Maine veterans, past and present, regardless of their branch or era of service.

U.S. military members have a longstanding tradition of carrying special “challenge coins” to symbolize branch and unit identity and foster esprit de corps. In 2002, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services commissioned the first of four bronze plaques that hang in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State Capitol, each representing veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as women veterans. A likeness of each of the four plaques was made into coins that are regularly presented to Maine veterans based on their era of service.

Veterans must present a DD214 to receive recognition.

Registration is free. RSVP to

To learn more about resources for veterans and their families, contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at 207-430-6035 or visit

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