FREEPORT — The Freeport Flag Ladies who’ve waved the Stars and Stripes every week since the 9/11 attacks received some help in observing the 10th anniversary.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the state’s entire congressional delegation today joined more than 200 people in lining Main Street in Freeport. The group paused twice for moments of silence at the times that hijacked jetliners flew into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

It was one of many events around Maine.

Walt Shackford of Rochester, N.H., was one of those joining the flag ladies. His son was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on 9/11 and he survived. Shackford says Americans shouldn’t be apologists for their way of life. He says people should be proud of their country’s example of Democracy.