2013-11-15 / People

Post 9-11 flag displays inspire book

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


Linda Lyon, Kennebunk resident and former assistant to Sen. Olympia Snow, has published a photo book of flags displayed by residents in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Lyon said she felt very helpless in the days after. Taking pictures of local symbols of patriotism allowed Lyon to record a unity within the community that she feels everyone should remember. 
(Courtesy photo) Linda Lyon, Kennebunk resident and former assistant to Sen. Olympia Snow, has published a photo book of flags displayed by residents in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Lyon said she felt very helpless in the days after. Taking pictures of local symbols of patriotism allowed Lyon to record a unity within the community that she feels everyone should remember. (Courtesy photo) KENNEBUNK — After Sept. 11, 2001, resident Linda Lyon felt inspired to drive around Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel, and snap photographs of displayed American flags.

A fair number of the more than 150 pictures that Lyon accrued in 2001 are now being published in book form, entitled, “One Small Community, One Expansive Flagship.”

Lyon retired in January from serving as U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s assistant, a post she held since 1998. Lyon, who described herself as a “retired woman who wanted to do something for her community,” isn’t keen on just relaxing.

Lyon recalled feeling helpless after Sept. 11, with a desire to contribute something, but unsure of how to do it. Recording the communities’ patriotism satiated that desire for awhile, yet as the years passed, Lyon began to feel she needed to do something more. “Initially, I just knew they needed to be recorded,” Lyon said in June. In April, after the Boston Marathon bombings, Lyon noticed that some of the same flags she had photographed years before came out again, which spurred her to consider publishing her pictures in book form. “Even now the strength of the symbol can be a motivator to bring us together as a community. It should not take a tragedy to do that,” Lyon said.

The book of photographs, approximately 40 pages, is being published by Dietz Associates, Inc., a creative communications firm in Kennebunk.

The book will be available for purchase during the first week of Christmas Prelude at Bradbury Bros. Market in Cape Porpoise and, during the second week, at H.B. Provisions in Lower Village Kennebunk.
Linda Lyon’s recently published photo book, “One Small Community, One Expansive Flagship,” shows a variety of American flags in a variety of locations around Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Copies of Lyon’s book are $15 and will be available the first week of Christmas Prelude at Bradbury Bros. Market in Cape Porpoise and at H.B. Provisions in Lower Village Kennebunk. 
(Alex Acquisto photo) Linda Lyon’s recently published photo book, “One Small Community, One Expansive Flagship,” shows a variety of American flags in a variety of locations around Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Copies of Lyon’s book are $15 and will be available the first week of Christmas Prelude at Bradbury Bros. Market in Cape Porpoise and at H.B. Provisions in Lower Village Kennebunk. (Alex Acquisto photo)

Lyon will be doing book signings at both locations.

“It feels so right to have worked on this, to do this for my community,” said Lyon, who wanted to keep the books affordable to everyone.

The collection is preceded by an introduction written by Lyon and concludes with a poem she wrote after taking the pictures.

Copies of “One Small Community, One Expansive Flagship,” can be purchased, starting during the first week of Prelude, for approximately $15 in various spots around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport such as Marlows, the Brickstore Museum, Twigs and KBC Gifts.

Lyon is in the process of developing a website where the books can be purchased.

“I think they make great gifts because they remind us of that time in this community,” Lyon said. “It is universal and timeless, and I really think it resonates. It reminds us of why we put out those flags and rally around our country.”

A large portion of the proceeds from book sales, Lyon said, will be given to local charities and/or nonprofits in the area such as the Good Shepherd Food Bank, as well as the Wounded Warrior Project. Lyon also intends to sell in Portland and to send copies to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Lyon doesn’t plan on settling down now, after the completion of her book. “I want to work at something and continue the creative part of me that still wants to do more,” she said.

For questions and comments, email flags2001@gwi.net.

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