Native American Veterans Day created in Maine

Posted April 26, 2009, at 9:34 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci has signed a bill to establish May 1st of each year as Native American Veterans Day in Maine.

Decorated World War II veteran Charles Shay of Indian Island helped to persuade the Legislature to pass the bill. Shay said American Indians from Maine have served in every war since the American Revolution, and it is time they were honored for their heroism and patriotism.

The governor also conducted a ceremonial bill-signing Friday to name a section of state Route 16 in Kingsbury Plantation the Alton E. Worcester Highway.

The bill honors Worcester, who served 20 years in the Air Force and 27 years as first assessor of Kingfield Plantation. He also worked as a blueberry farmer in the plantation for 28 years.

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