New License Plates Will Honor Gold Star Families
Maine was the only state in the nation not to offer gold star license plates to honor those killed in the military. That was until Tuesday.Governor LePage today signed into law an act honoring gold star families through license plates.The new design was unveiled in a ceremony on Tuesday in the Cabinet Room in the State House.A similar bill was rejected by lawmakers two years ago over cost. John Mixon, a veteran from Southern Maine, launched a fundraising drive to pay for making the plates without tax dollars.Representative Bradley Moulton of York sponsored the bill. “This is a very important occasion for people to recognize families who have lost loved ones. John is a former Vietnam veteran,” Moulton said after the ceremony.Governor LePage donated $1,000 to the fundraising campaign. The plates will be available by the end of summer for qualifying families.To learn more about John Mixon’s fundraising campaign go to the website www.runforthefallen.org.