FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Freeport flag ladies’ final salute to 9/11: (all times local):
Several hundred people have joined three women who hoisted the Stars and Stripes for a final time in Maine, ending a flag-waving tradition that began after the 9/11 attacks.
Elaine Greene, who’s the youngest of the three at 74, says age is taking a toll.
Wednesday marked the end of the weekly events that began after the terrorist attacks 18 years ago.
With the nation reeling, Greene wanted to do something to help. She grabbed a flag and began waving it. Motorists honked their approval. The simple patriotic act played out weekly over the years in Freeport, Maine.
A crowd showed appreciation Wednesday. Seventy-seven-year-old Navy veteran Paul Loveless drove down from Brunswick, saying it was the least he could do to support the women who came out “in rain, snow, sleet, freezing cold.”
Three women who’ve been waving the Stars and Stripes each week since the 9/11 attacks are folding up their flags in Freeport, Maine.
The tradition started after the terrorist attacks 18 years ago.
With the nation reeling, Elaine Greene wanted to do something to help. She grabbed a flag and began waving it. Motorists honked their approval.