AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is using his weekly radio address to express gratitude to those who have served their country in uniform.
Baldacci said he hopes the parades and banners, flag-lined streets and parades demonstrate, at least in a small way, that Mainers are thankful for their service. Veterans Day came as two Mainers gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The holiday coincided with a memorial service at Houlton High School for Marine 1st Lt. James Zimmerman. A New Portland native, Army Spc. Andrew Hutchins, also was killed in Afghanistan.
In the Republican response, Kevin Raye of Perry, the nominee for Senate president, says Maine voters on Nov. 2 sent Maine in a new direction by electing a new Republican governor and Republican majorities in the Maine Senate and House for the first time in a half century.