Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Freeport Flag Ladies

Every Tuesday morning a remarkable thing happens in Freeport, Maine. Three women, know collectively and affectionately as "The Freeport Flag Ladies" stand on Main Street and wave the American Flag. They have been doing this for over 10 years.

Here's the story of their beginning, in their own words: "The Freeport Flag Ladies began their mission a few days after the horrific events of 9-11 when President bush asked people to stand outside their homes holding candles. Since there was little traffic where the three women were standing with friends the decision was made to walk up the hill to Main Street in Freeport Maine. Elaine ran into the house to grab the large American flag which stood in the hallway and brought it with her. At first she just stood with the flag at her side but she felt nudged to hold it out. As soon as she did the passing motorists began calling out "God Bless America" & "We can get through this." She knew that this was the answer to her prayers to be shown a way of helping her country and the decision was made to stand at this same spot every Tuesday morning waving the flag. This has continued for over 9 years."

But what started out as a modest act to show love of country and support for those who responded to the terrorist attack of 9/11 has grown to be more than that - much more. The Flag Ladies are on a mission and here it is, again in their own words: "The mission is to support our troops and veterans. We meet flights heading to Iraq and Afghanistan as they stop to refuel in Bangor and at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Photos are taken and put on a website for the families. Packages are sent to the troops and help is given whenever asked for our veterans." And of course they still wave the American flag on Main Street every Tuesday morning.

So here's what I'm asking you to do: go to their website (http://www.freeportflagladies.com/), read their history, look at their photos, and if you agree with me that what they are doing is a truly amazing display of love and sacrifice on behalf of our country, contact them and let them know. You don't have to send a contribution but I'm sure they would be very appreciative if you did and they would use it to further their good works. Tell them Dirigonzo sent you.

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