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
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
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. 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.