AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill authorizing Gold Star Family license plates, making Maine the final state to do so.
LePage said Tuesday that the measure honoring Maine military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice is “long overdue.”
Several family members of fallen military personnel joined the bill’s sponsor Republican Rep. Bradley Moulton of York and Secretary of State Charles Summers as LePage signed the bill, declaring the license plate “pays tribute to the families saluting our fallen heroes.”
In 2009, a similar bill failed because of the costs. John Mixon, a Vietnam veteran from Ogunquit, is funding the current effort through his organization, Run for the Fallen. Emily Knight, a Wells High School senior, designed the license plate. 3M is donating some of the materials.