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Flag for Hope comes to Maine

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – A unique humanitarian art project made a stop in Freeport on Sunday.

Flag for Hope is working to gather 5,000 handprints from people nationwide, creating an image of the American flag. Along with their handprints, participants were asked to go on camera explaining what patriotism means to them. The video and flag will be displayed at New York's Freedom Tower when the tour ends on Sept. 11.

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," explained executive director Chris Cavedon. "So we want everyone represented on that canvas. And when we come to different places, we invite anyone who would like to put their impression on to do so."

The Flag for Hope movement is based on building community at every opportunity. Freeport was one of the many spontaneous appearances along the tour. Flag for Hope Facebook and Twitter feeds will be updated to reflect additional locations. Antonio encourages everyone to follow both social media sites for updates as the flag travels the nation.

Follow Antonio's progress on his project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Flag for Hope is the US division of Impressions of Humanity, a worldwide collaboration of arts and humanities.


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