AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is honoring the 831 Native American veterans who live in Maine.

LePage has proclaimed today as Native American Veterans Day.

The proclamation says that June 21 was chosen because that was the date in 1775 when Penobscot Chief Joseph Orono met with George Washington and agreed that his tribe’s warriors and others in the Wabanaki Confederacy would join forces with the Continental Army.

Penobscot tribal elder Charles Shay, a decorated veteran, was a driving force behind establishing June 21 as a day to recognize Native Americans’ contributions to the military.