Maine’s George Mitchell honored at Ellis Island

In this photo provided by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, currently President Obama's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, is honored at the 10th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Ellis Island in New York.  Mitchell, whose mother Mintaha Saad arrived from Lebanon in 1920 through Ellis Island, along with Joe Torre, Martina Navratilova, and Lee Iacocca, were honored Wednesday for their contributions to the American experience.
Diane Bondareff | The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation/AP
In this photo provided by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, currently President Obama's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, is honored at the 10th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Ellis Island in New York. Mitchell, whose mother Mintaha Saad arrived from Lebanon in 1920 through Ellis Island, along with Joe Torre, Martina Navratilova, and Lee Iacocca, were honored Wednesday for their contributions to the American experience.
Posted April 14, 2011, at 11:04 a.m.
Last modified April 14, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.
In this photo provided by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Joe Torre (from left), Martina Navratilova, Lee Iacocca and Sen. George J. Mitchell, stand in the Great Hall of Ellis Island after the 10th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in New York, where they were honored for their contributions to the American experience.
Diane Bondareff | The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation/AP
In this photo provided by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Joe Torre (from left), Martina Navratilova, Lee Iacocca and Sen. George J. Mitchell, stand in the Great Hall of Ellis Island after the 10th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in New York, where they were honored for their contributions to the American experience.

WATERVILLE, Maine — George Mitchell, the former senator from Maine who’s now the special U.S. envoy for Middle East peace, has been honored along with other immigrants or their children at Ellis Island, N.Y.

Mitchell received an Ellis Island Family Heritage Award on Wednesday, along with tennis superstar Martina Navratilova; baseball’s Joe Torre, and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s Lee Iacocca.

Mitchell told the Morning Sentinel of Waterville that the award, and especially the recognition of his parents, means a lot to him. His mother, Mintaha Saad, arrived in America from Lebanon, then Syria, in 1920 through Ellis Island. His father, George Sr., was the orphan son of Irish immigrants adopted by a Waterville family.

Mitchell’s wife Heather, two children and two brothers attended Wednesday’s award presentation.

 

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