It's absolutely wild to think that it has been 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Personally, I was 11 years old and in the 6th grade. My young mushy brain wasn't entirely sure what was happening but it certainly had a great impact on my life to grow into a teen and adult in a post-9/11 world.

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I've witnessed our country go from peak patriotism and unity in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks and a "United We Stand" mentality to where we are today with people more divided than ever.

I often wonder if I wore youthful rose-colored glasses growing up and clinging to hope and now I'm more aware of the harsh realities of our world. Perhaps I'll never really know.

Every once in a while I see stories that bring that hope back. The latest, perfectly timed before the anniversary of 9/11.

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Regularly spotted walking on the Wiscasset bridge on Route 1 Over the Sheepscot River is a gentleman named Stott and his dog, Skip.

Stott walks the bridge waving the American flag. The bridge is a busy one, especially this time of year, with traffic often at a crawl. He's always greeted with waves and honks of support from passing cars.

Local photographer, Dave Dostie witnessed this and immediately had to pull over and meet Stott.

Dave thanked Stott for what he was doing and told him he made his day. Stott responded, "We're pretty lucky to live in this country aren't we?" he went on to say, "this isn't about me, I'm out here for my friend who died in the line of duty."

So if you find yourself driving through Wiscasset and you see Stott, who is a veteran, and his pal Skip, give 'em a wave and thank him for his service as well as his time spent inspiring others along Route 1.

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