Right about now, most of us are cursing the political shenanigans in Augusta. But there are some things that happen there that many don’t know about. Two examples are “Maine Remembers Those Who Served,” and Vote in Honor of a Veteran program.

Maine’s Vote in Honor of a Veteran program was created by former Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky as a “Promote the Vote” initiative for the 2000 general election. Because of the program’s popularity, as well as the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, the program continues. At election time, I still wear the button I got, voting in honor of my late father, brothers and son – veterans, all.

A book was produced at that time and it’s all online. If you don’t have Internet access, your public library (or grandchild) probably does. Take a few minutes this summer and peruse this book: “Maine Remembers Those Who Served” is a collection of tributes to veterans. Covering some 250 years, the book chronicles the contributions of servicemen and women in all branches of the military, celebrates their selfless dedication and commitment to military service, and honors the legacy of their defense of democracy.

“Maine Remembers Those Who Served” is a special way to honor a veteran. The collection shows appreciation for all who helped preserve our freedoms, including our right to vote. New tributes can now be added to the book’s online version. Perhaps you’d like to add a tribute to a relative or friend. You can read tributes already written, and they’re sorted alphabetically, by town or by military service branch.

Other information on this site includes a list of all Maine Medal of Honor recipients and information on every war from the Revolutionary up to now. For an example of some of the great work being done in Augusta, visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/veteran/index.html

During the summer, perhaps you can plan to visit a local or next-town-over historical society, where in most cases you will find interesting displays, books, photos and information. These organizations often hold informative programs throughout the year as well. Cost is minimal, most often by donation, and I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. In a week or so, we’ll include a list of websites, programs and information on what’s happening this summer through these historical venues.

Kay Soldier welcomes reader ideas for column topics of interest to seniors. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or write to 114 Tandberg Trail, Windham, ME 04062.