AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday, making September 11th also known as “First Responders Day” in Maine.
The original legislation to establish the day as a legal holiday was amended during the legislative process, to unofficially honor first responders in hopes of 9/11 someday becoming a national holiday.
Representative Will Tuell (R – Machias) said he’s happy Maine will honor first responders on a day that people already associate with some type of memory.
“I just hope that all across the state we recognize the work that our first responders do, whether it be through this or other initiatives…and that on September 11th, folks invite law enforcement out and celebrate and thank them for all that they do,” said Rep. Tuell.
Right now, September 11th is remembered across the country as Patriot Day, and honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed that day.