Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday helped kick off Maine’s Bicentennial year at events in four cities around the state, including Bangor, where she participated in a morning kickoff event at Broadway Park.
Bicentennial Kickoff Day came just a few days after the 200th anniversary of the affirmative vote to separate the District of Maine from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 26, 1819, as part of the Missouri Compromise.
Mills and representatives from the Bangor City Council and the Penobscot Nation unveiled the state’s new bicentennial flag, designed by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
They also unveiled a new granite bench that has been installed in Broadway Park, which commemorates the 200th birthday of the state, and marks Bangor’s Tricentennial Pine Grove of three white pine trees in Broadway Park. The grove recognizes the important role eastern white pine trees have played in Maine state history.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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