AUGUSTA — The Maine State Archives will present “Saving the Union: The Call for Volunteers,” at the Augusta Civic Center to commemorate Maine’s entry into the Civil War. The event begins at 1 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public.

Maine’s Secretary of State, Charles E. Summers, Jr., Maine’s Adjutant General John “Bill” Libby, and Governor Paul LePage will speak about how Maine rose to President Lincoln’s challenge to defend the country and the Constitution. Members of The Maine Legislature will also participate in the ceremony.

“Saving the Union” will include readings of Civil War-era letters from Maine citizens; music by the 195th Maine National Guard Band and Civil War re-enactors; choral music by the Bowdoin and Colby College chorus’; and color guards from the Maine National Guard and Civil War re-enactment groups.

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