FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In Freeport, hundreds gathered for a September 11th ceremony organized by the Freeport Flag Ladies.
Every Tuesday morning since Sept. 11, 2001, the Freeport Flag Ladies have held American flags on a street corner in remembrance.
They've always said they hope their efforts will teach the next generation about being Americans -- and a nine-year-old boy at their Freeport 9/11 ceremony showed them those efforts are well worth it.
Gabriel Bean doesn't have any memories of 9/11.
He was born in 2004 -- the very day his father, Sgt. Alan Bean, was deployed to Iraq.
Gabriel Bean also doesn't have any memories of his father.
Sgt. Bean died 10 weeks after Gabe was born.
His mother, Heather Gunn, said it's been difficult to explain to him: Sept. 11, The War on Terror, why he doesn't know his father.
It got easier, though, the day she drove by a street corner in Freeport.
She and her son saw the Freeport Flag Ladies, and started to talk.
"It wasn't a journey that I wanted to be on my own," said Gunn. "I loved the idea that there were these three ladies who were willing to support me and support Gabe in the journey of learning about his dad."
She said when her son sees the Flag Ladies each week, he understands what his father's sacrifice was for.
That's why when he received a gold star for his father's service, he gave it away to the Flag Ladies.
"There's so many moments of grace in what we've done," said Elaine Greene, a member of the Flag Ladies. "We couldn't possibly stop what we're doing because it's making such a difference."