FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — After 15 years of patriotic displays and local fame, the Freeport Flag Ladies held their last Sept. 11 memorial wave.
“I was just about to get up and have a cup of coffee when the phone rang, and a friend called and said, ‘you need to turn the TV on right away,’” said Freeport Flag Ladies leader Elaine Green.
Like most Americans, she will never forget the morning of Sept. 11. “I won't forget the people who died that day, I won't forget the families are still grieving, I won't forget the soldiers that we lost since that day because of that day.”
Since that day 15 years ago, Elaine and the Freeport Flag Ladies have proudly waved their American flags every Tuesday, and every Sept. 11.
“I am there for you and every other American. I am there for everybody who has served, is serving. I'm there for you so you have a chance to say ‘that's my flag and this is my country,’” Green said about why she stands out with her flag proudly waving each week.
After 15 years of bringing patriotism to the streets of Freeport and other areas of the state, the Flag Ladies say this will be their last 9/11 memorial wave.
Several supporters, including Sen. Susan Collins, proudly waved flags on the streets to remember the almost 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and to offer their support to the Flag Ladies.
“They are true patriots. They are great women. They just care so much,” said supporter Ginger Lee Smith.
When asked if she is proud of the work they have accomplished, Green said, “it has never been about us. It's been about what can we do. And I proud of myself? Not one way or the other. I don't think about that. But I am proud of my fellow Americans.”
Though they may be retiring the 9/11 remembrance, the Flag Ladies said they will never forget the lives lost.
The Flag Ladies say that for the time being, they still plan to continue their weekly Tuesday flag waving in Freeport, and their various other services around the state.
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