Veterans across Maine will honored this week, as Governor Paul Lepage has officially deemed this coming Saturday Destroyer Escort Day.

Destroyer escorts were warships primarily used during World War II, Vietnam and Korea to safely guide convoys of ships and submarines serving the United States Merchant Marine. There were nearly 460 destroyer escorts built by the U.S., all of which were utilized to provide protection to fleets of watercraft against enemy air strikes and other smaller attack vessels.

In a partnership effort with the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association of New England, Lepage announced earlier last week that he had signed a proclamation dictating that June 15 would now be recognized as Destroyer Escort Day in the state of Maine.

To find about more about the Destroyer Escorts and for more information about the New England Chapter, click here.