LifeStar delivers at Suffield's Sept. 11 ceremony
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Fri., Sep. 16, 2011
The LifeStar helicopter’s presence was felt at Suffield’s Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony held the night before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil. LifeStar, the “Angels of Mercy,” as dubbed by Suffield Police Capt. Craig Hundley, brought three of their EMS workers to deliver new American flags to the three chiefs of Suffield’s public safety force - the police, fire and EMS.
The symbolic transfer of the flags brought home a ceremony meant to show the strength of the current first responder groups who putting their lives on the line, while also remembering many of the first responders who lost their lives heading into a disaster area at the World Trade Center, while so many were running away.
Hundley, a former Marine, reminded the crowd gathered at the Veterans War Memorial in Suffield that the day is not just meant for solemn prayer and remembrance. “This day is also a celebration of spirit,” said Hundley. “What happened in the days following the attacks defined us as a people. The generosity of first responders heading to the scene, and people who donated food, shelter and clothing to the people affected. So many died, even more were left injured and devastated by the attacks. We helped those people in their time of greatest need.”
Hundley believes that love still truly conquers evil, and the gathering at the memorial represents the love that people have for America and for each other. “This has been a time where America has truly come together, with people comforting perfect strangers,” said Hundley. “That which tried to destroy us truly made us stronger. The American spirit has come out from the fire and ash at Ground Zero.”
First Selectman Tom Frenaye talked about the loss of the many first responders on Sept. 11, reminding everyone to think of their own first responders on this day. “We have excellent first responders here in Suffield,” said Frenaye. “They are our friends and neighbors. They are out there putting their lives on the line every day.”
The Suffield Sept. 11 ceremony started with a parade that included local civil groups, members of the police and fire departments, the Suffield High School band and local Scout groups. A candlelight vigil was held following the ceremony, which concluded near dusk.