AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In Auburn, every January second will be a "Snowe" day.
To mark Senator Olympia Snowe's last full day in office, Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte has issued a proclamation to make January second "Olympia J. Snowe Day."
"The City of Auburn is proud that such a decorated career in public service was attained by one of our own citizens," said Mayor LaBonte.
Senator Snowe first lived in Lewiston with her parents, before she was orphaned at the age of nine.
She later lived with her aunt and uncle in Auburn, and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1965.
In a statement, Sen. Snowe said she was "inexpressibly honored" by the proclamation.
"It is with deep appreciation and limitless admiration that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this distinguished recognition, and for all that you continue to do for this community that I love and that I'm honored to call home," said Snowe.
The honor comes at the end of Snowe's 34 years in Congress.
"She cannot believe, in fact, that this honor is bestowed upon her," said Snowe's brother, John Bouchles. "Auburn is home to her, this is where she grew up, and she never forgot Auburn."
For an in-depth look at the Senator's career and path to public service, NEWS CENTER's Pat Callaghan presents "Olympia Snowe: Undefeated." The special report airs on NEWS CENTER on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.