Showing America’s colors in any way they can

Posted June 07, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
A roof painted by New York artist Scott Lodaido decorates the Tolman Financial and Insurance building in Lewiston recently.
A roof painted by New York artist Scott Lodaido decorates the Tolman Financial and Insurance building in Lewiston recently. Buy Photo
Terry Baron works recently near a garage he restored for a homeowner in Kennebunk. A few days after Baron finished the project in 1998 he returned to discover the owner had painted an early version of an American flag on the side.
Terry Baron works recently near a garage he restored for a homeowner in Kennebunk. A few days after Baron finished the project in 1998 he returned to discover the owner had painted an early version of an American flag on the side. Buy Photo
A wooden flag stands in a flower bed at a home on the Airline Road in East Eddington recently.
A wooden flag stands in a flower bed at a home on the Airline Road in East Eddington recently. Buy Photo
Jeff Smith of Alexander City, Ala., makes a stop in Searsport on his way home on May 14, 2012. The truck is powered by a rear-mounted wood burning engine. Smith was part of a crew that drove the truck from Key West, Fla., to Lubec.
Jeff Smith of Alexander City, Ala., makes a stop in Searsport on his way home on May 14, 2012. The truck is powered by a rear-mounted wood burning engine. Smith was part of a crew that drove the truck from Key West, Fla., to Lubec. Buy Photo
Uncle Tom's Market, a small convenience store on Route 1 in Brunswick, uses an American flag to attract customers recently.
Uncle Tom's Market, a small convenience store on Route 1 in Brunswick, uses an American flag to attract customers recently. Buy Photo
A pair of Adirondack chairs are displayed outside the North of the Border gift Shop in Wiscasset recently.
A pair of Adirondack chairs are displayed outside the North of the Border gift Shop in Wiscasset recently. Buy Photo
A jogger runs on a sidewalk on Water Street in Hallowell on May 15, 2012.
A jogger runs on a sidewalk on Water Street in Hallowell on May 15, 2012. Buy Photo
A fading flag decorates a barn near downtown Kennebunk recently.
A fading flag decorates a barn near downtown Kennebunk recently. Buy Photo
A garage door is the perfect dimension for an American flag in Freeport recently.
A garage door is the perfect dimension for an American flag in Freeport recently. Buy Photo
A flag on the roof of the E. C. Boynton & Sons Trucking Co. in Prospect has faded after 10 years. The flag, which was painted in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be repainted this summer.
A flag on the roof of the E. C. Boynton & Sons Trucking Co. in Prospect has faded after 10 years. The flag, which was painted in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be repainted this summer. Buy Photo
A garage in Randolph is partially painted with a starless vision of the American flag.
A garage in Randolph is partially painted with a starless vision of the American flag. Buy Photo

Flag Day will be celebrated next Thursday and many Mainers will show their patriotism by flying the old stars and stripes.

But if you drive around the state you can’t help but notice many people have opted for a more permanent display. A homeowner in Eddington put up a flag made of 13 wooden fence boards. Many others have painted various versions of the flag on their barns and businesses.

The 9/11 terrorists attacks prompted E. C. Boynton & Sons Trucking Co. to have a huge flag painted on the roof of their garage in Prospect. Motorists honked their horns as the flag was being painted 10 years ago. And they’ll undoubtedly do the same when it is repainted this summer.

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