FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - Three women who've been waving the Stars and Stripes each week since the 9/11 attacks are folding up their flags in Freeport.
The tradition started after the terrorist attacks 18 year 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.
The simple patriotic act has played out weekly ever since then.
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."
Through the years, JoAnn Miller, Carmen Footer and Greene have done more than wave flags. They mailed care packages to troops deployed in the war on terror. They visited the wounded and attended funerals.
Greene, who's the youngest at 74, says age is taking a toll. She said Wednesday marks the end of the weekly tradition but the women will remain active.