Monday, March 9, 2020
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Gov. Mills, Maine Bicentennial Commission to host Statehood Day ceremony in Augusta

AUGUSTA – Governor Janet T. Mills, Maine’s Congressional delegation, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, and the Maine Bicentennial Commission will observe Maine Statehood Day on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 p.m., at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave. in Augusta.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are treating it accordingly,” said Bicentennial Commission Chairman Senator Bill Diamond. “Maine becoming the 23rd state of the United States was momentous for those who lived here then. We rightfully take time to mark the occasion and do what those who came before us did: look forward with hope, optimism, and confidence in the future of Maine.”

The ceremony, open to the public, will feature presentations by Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra and a special combined Bicentennial Chorus will perform the world premiere of music commissioned for Maine’s Bicentennial.

Additionally, the United States Postal Service will launch the nationwide sale of the commemorative Maine Bicentennial postage stamp.

Doors will open at noon and overflow parking will be available in the Statehouse complex lots. Maine Public will broadcast the ceremony live. Visit for more information.