AUGUSTA, Maine — To recognize Maine’s 193rd anniversary of statehood on Thursday, March 15, Gov. Paul R. LePage issued a proclamation calling attention to Statehood Day.
Maine entered the Union as a “free state” on March 15, 1820, through the Missouri Compromise. As part of that agreement, slavery was to be illegal in Maine and permitted in Missouri.
“Maine Statehood Day offers us an opportunity to celebrate our history,” said Gov. LePage. “It commemorates the admission of Maine as a state into the United States of America and the ideals and wisdom of those men and women who have formed Maine’s history and traditions.”
The language of the proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS, Maine was admitted to the Union on March 15, 1820, becoming the twenty-third state; and
WHEREAS, the People of the State of Maine hold strong to a history of political independence and take pride in the building of a unique state character that embraces tolerance, resourcefulness, civic involvement, and caring for the community and environment; and
WHEREAS, the remembrance of Maine’s beginnings is important to every citizen of the State of Maine; and
WHEREAS, March 15th of each year is designated Statehood Day, commemorating the admission of Maine as a state into the United States of America and the ideals and wisdom of those men and women who have formed Maine’s history and traditions,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2013 as STATEHOOD DAY throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.