Protester interrupts Maine Women's Hall of Fame program

9:04 PM, Mar 19, 2011   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two well known women were inducted into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame Saturday.

The Hall of Fame first recognized Senator Margaret Chase Smith in 1990.  Since then other honorees have included Senator Olympia Snowe, Libby Mitchell and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

This year Senator Susan Collins and Katherine Musgrave were inducted.

Musgrave is known for her work teaching the importance of wise food choices for a healthier lifestyle. 

Senator Collins joins her Mother Patricia Collins in the Hall of Fame.  It's the first time both a mother and daughter have been inducted.

As Senator Collins took the stage Saturday a protester stood in the audience interrupting the ceremony to read a statement in which she asked Collins to decline the recognition until all American troops are back home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carole Whelan from the group Military Families Speak Out believes it is inappropriate for Senator Collins to be celebrated when she supported the military's role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Collins followed Whelan's address by saying it was an example of democracy in action and that we're lucky to live in a Country where we are free to express our views even when they are different from the person being honored.


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