Millbury Honors Newtown Victims With Candlelight Vigil

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Millbury residents turned out for a Candlelight Vigil for the Newtown, Conn. victims on Monday night. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Millbury showed their support for the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. on Monday night with a Candlelight Vigil. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

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.

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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.

Check out The Daily Voice’s Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event.

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this was not done for fanfare but for the families that have lost their loved ones...this vigil hit hard in our home town....and for you to say this is wrong.. and the church had their own prayer time for the ones that could not make it..


What a great job by all and a nice tribute to the victims.

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