Maine – July 5, 2015
WCSH Channel 6 in Maine was instrumental in making this Flag for Hope in Maine event a success. The Freeport Flag Ladies hosted Flag for Hope in Freeport, Maine on Sunday July 5th.
The Freeport Flag Ladies have been known for their waving of American flags every Tuesday since America’s 9/11 attack on the World Trace Center. We are well on our way to gathering 5,000 handprints from people nationwide, creating an image of the American flag. All of the participants were asked to place a painted handprint on the Flag and go on camera explaining what patriotism means to them.
Artist Marcus Antonio started the pop-up art project that is hitting home for many people.
“I think any project that gets Americans involved in their community and their flag and the patriotism of a good type is a good thing” said Elaine Green.
“This is a rallying point. This isn’t a political statement. This is Americans coming together just realizing we need common fairness, decency, respect for everyone,” explains executive director Chris Cavedon.
The Flag for Hope movement is based on building community at every opportunity. Freeport Maine was one of the many spontaneous appearances along the tour. Flag for Hope Facebook and Twitter feeds reflected the diversity and willingness of our audience to participate and engage in the project.