The Civil Air Patrol is the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and has been around since before World War II began.
During the war, Civil Air Patrol members guarded the coast.
Nowadays, the group focuses on aerospace education, emergency services and youth cadet programs.
"We have about eleven squadrons in the state of Maine, and each one is commanded by a senior member and pretty much led by cadets," said Lt. Col. Jerry DeWitt of the Maine Wing Civil Air Patrol. "They set the tone of what training goes on and everything in each one of those places."
After Tuesday's event, more than 30 Maine lawmakers became honorary members of the Civil Air Patrol.