AUGUSTA — Families of fallen soldiers from Maine and veterans who made special sacrifices have been honored in the State House.

Gov. Paul LePage and Maj. Gen. Bill Libby of the Maine National Guard presented Gold Star Honorable Service Medals yesterday to veterans and family members for their service and sacrifices dating back to World War II. More than 50 people attended the ceremony.

Families of the fallen soldiers received gold medals in honor of their family member’s service. Silver Star medals were given to veterans who are former prisoners of war or Purple Heart recipients. Honorable Service certificates were presented to those who served during wartime.

LePage says Maine continues to have large numbers of military members serving, and he salutes them for their dedication to the defense of freedom.