MILLBURY, Mass. — About 300 Millbury residents braved the rain and cold Monday evening to conduct a Candlelight Vigil for the victims of Friday’s Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
The vigil was organized by Paul Girard of Wounded Warrior Racing and Angela Cevolani Romano who created the Facebook page that got so many of the townspeople out on a rainy, icy night.
Tim Cluett, Millbury firefighter and emcee for the event, invited residents to light their candles and introduced Girard to the crowd. Girard spoke about the horrible events in Newtown and read the names of each of the victims. As each name was read, someone in the crowd released a green or white balloon (Newtown’s colors) with the deceased’s name on it.
When the balloons were released, Cluett asked residents to sing along with the tune of “Amazing Grace,” “Silent Night” and finally, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
At the end of those songs, at the back of the crowd, two men released a bunch of red balloons to honor each of the 26 people who lost their lives in Newtown.
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