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Maine firefighters help a military widow, 97, ‘pride’ to raise the American flag

Firefighters in Maine took time on Tuesday to help a 97-year-old woman with a patriotic task.

(Portland Fire Department)

When a 97-year-old woman asked the local firefighters in Maine if they could help her with a household task they of course agreed. And they learned a lot about the older woman in the process.

The woman said she “wanted to raise a new american flag, but her rope need to be repaired,” the Portland Fire department explains in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The fire department carried out repairs and raised Old Glory. If they go to their work, the helpers learned about the family of the woman of the history.

“While assisting her, the crew learned that her late Husband was a Pearl Harbor Veteran,” the department explained. “It was a pleasure to help you with these repairs and to learn about your husband.”

Fire officials are also a couple of photos in the post, including one of the red, white and blue flag waving in the wind.

The post has received more than 3000 comments and 300 comments from Wednesday night.

Several users praised the firefighters for their efforts.

“Well done boys! God bless!” one man wrote.

“Heartfelt story!” a woman chimed in. “Thank you PFD and her late husband for his service. There is nothing more beautiful than our American flag.”

A man who said he was a veteran also praised the gesture.

“When I read about this service will be provided by the Portland, Maine Fire Dept it comes to mind how important this bill was,” he wrote. “As a veteran yourself, you can not imagine how this law goes to the heart. Thank you so much for doing what you all do, every day and night.”

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