Drivers get to see salute to America and those who serve

by: JOHN BAKER - Maggie Constantino sits astride her horse of 15 years, Cloud, enjoying the supportive honks and cheers from drivers along Interstate 5 Wednesday morning.Maggie Constantino and her horse, Cloud, stood vigil in the grass near the Hubbard cutoff along Interstate 5 Wednesday morning, offering support and encouragement on many fronts. Constantino, in full western regalia and holding a large American flag, drew honks and shouts from the northbound traffic along I-5 and said she was there because she felt it important to honor people who sacrifice for this country. “I feel it deep inside here,” Constantino said, fist pounding chest. “I’m here to honor the people who died in the 9/11 attacks and to honor all our soldiers who are serving.” Constantino is no stranger to the armed forces. Three of her children have served or are serving in the military, with at least one doing a tour in Aghanistan. “Whenever I got a letter from him, I just felt so much better about things,” she said. This isn’t the first time she’s chosen to pull Cloud out of his Wilsonville stall and make a stand for America or honor an event important to this country. Constantino had done similar things when she lived in California and has appeared along I-5 before, but on the south slope of the overpass. “Cloud and I have been together for 15 years,” she said. “I love to come out here and show my support. It’s just really important to me to do this. Sometimes, I’ll call work to tell them I’ll be a half-hour late because this is something I need to do.”

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