Elaine Greene, one of three Freeport Flag Ladies, has been hospitalized for a week and is “very sick,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

“She has been in quite a bit of pain, but has improved some. We’re not sure when she will be able to come home,” fellow flag lady Carmen Footer said Tuesday night. The third flag lady is JoAnn Miller.

Footer said her friend missed Tuesday’s traditional gathering at Main and School streets in Freeport, the first time Greene had been unable to attend since the Freeport Flag Ladies started gathering after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Each Tuesday morning, the Flag Ladies and their supporters hold large American flags in remembrance of 9-11 and to honor American troops.

Though she was unable to be in Freeport in person Tuesday, Greene posted a message on Facebook that read: “Life should be measured by thought and action, not by time. If you do your best, if you do not magnify trifling troubles, if you resolutely look not necessarily at the bright side of things, but at things as they really are, if you avail yourselves of the manifold blessings which surround you, you cannot but feel that life is indeed a glorious inheritance.”

Greene was admitted to Maine Medical Center in Portland on April 13, according to the group’s Facebook page.


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