10 years later, Maine's flag ladies still waving

By CLARKE CANFIELD | September 9, 2011 | 3:10 AM EDT

In this Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, photo, the Freeport Flag Ladies, wave to cars in Freeport, Maine. The women, who have waved the American flag every Tuesday morning since 9/11, have dedicated their lives to encouraging the American spirit and supporting of U.S. troops in the war against terrorism. (AP Robert F. Bukaty)

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Three days after 9/11, Elaine Greene held an American flag above her on a street corner in her hometown in Maine. Drivers honked and shouted "God Bless America."

Since then, Greene and two other women have spent an hour every Tuesday waving the flag on the same corner in Freeport. It's to honor America's service personnel and to show that the American spirit is alive and kicking.

Dressed in stars-and-stripes shirts, the Freeport Flag Ladies have devoted their lives to inspiring others through the flag.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, they've organized three days of vigils, concerts, a laser light show, a parade and other events.

And for two hours Sunday morning, they will be in their usual place, holding flags, enticing drivers to honk.