Newtown Parade Salutes Students and First Responders

Organizers were unsure about creating a balance of celebration and respect

 

 
 
 

| Tuesday, September 3, 2013


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of spectators turned out Monday for the town's Labor Day Parade, capping months of organizing in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six educators last December.

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. and Sandy Hook Elementary School students received the loudest applause from spectators along the parade route.

"This is a great example of how the town comes together," parade organizer Beth Caldwell told WFSB-TV (http://bit.ly/14e8fO8 ). "The strength of the community really has shown today."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra and other officials participated in the 52nd annual parade.

Sandy Hook mother Courtney Schroeder said: "We just moved here a little over a year ago, and then everything happened. The way the community came together is just amazing."

Organizers were wary about a parade, a fixture in Newtown since the early 1960s, so soon after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A gunman who had shot his mother to death at their home went to the school and killed 26 people before killing himself as police arrived.

Early in the planning for the parade last winter, organizers settled on the slogan "We are Newtown, marching strong."

"It was a delicate balance, a delicate balance between an avenue of celebration and respect for the tragedy that happened in our town," Caldwell said.

The parade even drew out-of-towners.

"It's time to rally at one point, time to move on at one point and after an event like that it makes the whole community stronger," said Ox Gara, of Manchester, 60 miles east of Newtown. "Then a day like this just solidifies it."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mobile Category: 
News


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, Sandy Hook shooting, Newtown School Shooting

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Community Paramedicine Expanding in Maine

Eight departments receive a grant for use towards the new program.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Ambulance, Fire Engine Approved for Illinois Department

Officials approve new purchases for Bloomington.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Alabama Officials Worry over Ambulance Coverage

County officials work to find best solution.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Crashes into Texas Ambulance

Ambulance hit while responding to a call.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

Small plane crashes in shopping center parking lot.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

California Beach Lightning Strike MCI

More than a dozen injured in Venice Beach lighting strike.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >