The Latest: 'Freeport flag ladies' wave flags one final time

The Latest: 'Freeport flag ladies' wave flags one final time
Maine Gov. Janet Mills, far left, shares a moment with the "Freeport flag ladies," left to right, JoAnn Miller, Elaine Greene, and Carmen Footer, on Main Street, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Freeport, Maine. The three women who've been waving the Stars and Stripes each week since the 9/11 attacks are retiring the tradition. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Freeport flag ladies' final salute to 9/11: (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Several hundred people have joined three women who hoisted the Stars and Stripes for a final time in Maine, ending a flag-waving tradition that began after the 9/11 attacks.

Elaine Greene, who's the youngest of the three at 74, says age is taking a toll.

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."

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6 a.m.

Three women who've been waving the Stars and Stripes each week since the 9/11 attacks are folding up their flags in Freeport, Maine.

The tradition started after the terrorist attacks 18 years 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.

But JoAnn Miller, Carmen Footer and Greene did 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.

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