Maine native and Vietnam veteran Maj. Gen. Don Edwards and other military leaders, veterans and local officials will host a town meeting to discuss the connection between climate change and national security and call for the passage of comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Adam Cote of Portland, who ran for Congress in 2008, will also be at the meeting. He served in Bosnia and Iraq in the U. S. Army.
State Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, will moderate the forum.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being coordinated by Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security organizations working to secure sources of clean energy.