Governor Signs Bill Waiving In-state Tuition for Maine Guardsmen
April 14, 2016 » Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter D. Morrison
Members of the Bureau of Veterans Services and Maine National Guard were joined by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee during a bill signing ceremony at the capitol on April 14, 2016. The bill included provisions to provide free in-state tuition to currently serving Maine National Guard service members.
AUGUSTA, MAINE— Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, the Adjutant General for the Maine National Guard, is pleased to announce that current Maine National Guard service members may attend post-secondary institutions tuition free.
The tuition bill, part of L.D. 1612, was signed into law on April 14. The bill provides free in-state tuition rates to the University of Maine system, the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Community College System.
“The Maine National Guard is second to none, and this tuition program reaffirms that,” said Governor LePage. “By providing our soldiers and airmen with the opportunity for a high-quality, low-cost education in Maine, we are honoring their service and investing in the future of Maine.”
The tuition bill will place Maine on par with other New England states that offer its National Guard members free in-state tuition.
“This is a tremendous day for the Maine National Guard,” Farnham said. “The tuition bill will go a long way toward recruiting and retaining our Maine National Guard force and keep our talented men and women here in Maine where they belong.” “The inclusion of both monetary assistance and a waiver not only shows the State of Maine's commitment to helping our service members achieve their academic goals, but also the educational institutions’ commitment to our guardsmen,” Farnham said.
25th Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 5, 2016
6:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Augusta Armory
Please join us for the 25th Annual
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Maine National Guard.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
179 Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330
6:45 - 8:30 AM
Buffet Style Breakfast Starting At 6:45 AM
$10 Per Person (for those that choose to eat) Collected at the Door
Guest Speaker: Ric Tyler
Producer and co-host of the George Hale Ric Tyler Show
Airing on WVOM the Voice of Maine
Special Musical Guest: The Belfast High School Acapella Choir
R.S.V.P. by 22 April 2016
Email: Maine National Guard Prayer Breakfast
Phone: (207) 430-6000
The Maine National Guard Prayer Breakfast was instituted 25 years ago in order to celebrate this day, in the spirit that was intended: to encourage prayer, build understanding among faiths, and to acknowledge God’s role in our respective and collective lives.
The annual patriotic event celebrates the diversity of all faiths and works to build understanding and unity.
The concept of a day of prayer dates back to the Continental Congress). President Truman signed a congressional bill that mandated that each subsequent President designate a National Day of Prayer at his/her discretion. President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 proclamation stated that the two primary intentions of that day “were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.” Later, in 1988, Congress set the annual observance as being the first Thursday in May.
The Prayer Breakfast is not a religious service, it is a spiritually based patriotic ceremony welcoming of all faiths and promoting our mutual respect for each other and our thankfulness for God’s presence in our lives.