Augusta’s Leo Pepin is among four 2014 inductees into the state’s Franco-American Hall of Fame, the House Democratic Office announced Friday.
The inductees will be honored at the Legislature’s Franco-American Day at the State House on Wednesday.
Pepin, a longtime local music teacher, wrote the “Dirigo March,” which was named the official state march in 2012.
Other inductees are Gene Perreault of St. Francis, Mary Rice-DeFosse of Lewiston and the Rev. Ron Labarre of Biddeford. Posthumous recognition will be given to Cecille Dufour Pozzuto of Madawaska, Richard Dutremble of Biddeford and Joe Plamondon of Biddeford.
“It’s important to keep in touch with Maine’s cultural roots,” said Rep. Ken Theriault, D-Madawaska, chairman of the Franco-American caucus, in a statement. “We look forward to hosting hundreds of people for this celebration every year.”