Maine’s George Mitchell honored at Ellis Island

Posted April 14, 2011, at 11:04 a.m.
Last modified April 14, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

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.