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Gallery: Patriotic Scene Paints Stoughton Sky Red, White and Blue as Town Remembers 9/11

A large American flag graced the downtown skyline in Stoughton on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Members of the Stoughton and Departments gathered on the 11th anniversary of the to hold a ceremony remembering the day when nearly 3,000 died when two hijacked commercial airliners crashed into the World Trade Center, another crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The death toll that day included 343 firefighters and 60 police officers.

In the backdrop of the ceremony, held at Stoughton's Fire Station 1 on Freeman St., was a large 30' by 60' American Flag flying from Ladder 2, gently waving in the light breeze of the clear blue sky.

The patriotic scene is the result of the successful "" fundraiser run by Christine Iacobucci and her daughter Bella, a second grader at the Hansen School.

Christine and Bella had attended and wondered why the large American flag that had been at the 2011 Memorial Day parade and 2011 July 4th festivities wasn't on display for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

It was because the flag used on Memorial Day and for the July 4th festivities was borrowed from other towns and Stoughton was unable to secure one last September 11.

But thanks to donations from dozens across town, the "Raise the Flag" campaign raised the funds needed to purchase Stoughton's very own event-sized flag, which made its debut on , at the Hansen School.

With the Ladder truck parked at the Pacheco Hardware lot Tuesday morning, the downtown was painted red, white and blue. Passers by (both pedestrians and motorists traveling Washington St. in the center of town) stopped to take pictures of the flag or just to gaze in its direction.

Preschool students from Crayon College on Freeman St. came by to look at the flag, holding small flags they had hand-made. 

Bells rang at the fire station at 9:59 a.m., commemorating the moment when the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York collapsed.

Firefighter Tim Medieiros rang the bell; firefighter Scott Mellyn lowered the flag at the fire station to half-staff; firefighter Brian Harkins read the Firefighter's Prayer; Firefighter Jeff Ledin recalled his experience ; and Fire Chief Mark Dolloff and Executive Officer Robert Devine of the Stoughton Police Department addressed the crowd of first responders.

The Stoughton Fire Department kept the flag onto display into the evening hours. After appearing at a Stoughton Board of Selectmen's meeting at Town Hall, Stoughton's State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) stopped by the scene, greeting the firefighters there.

Take a look at pictures from this patriotic display in the media gallery.

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Jeanen Taylor September 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This was a beautiful sight on my way to work this morning
Heather September 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
This was a truly amazing site to see today, and then tonight, all lit up! Thank you so much to Christine and Bella for making this possible for the town.
Michael Hardman (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
What a sight it was to see in the center of town Tuesday. With their efforts, Christine and Bella honored our American heroes. This is a great example of the power of people to see something, asking why and making it happen. Nice job ladies and thank you.
eileen meade September 12, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It was a beautiful and touching memorial! So proud and grateful to all our first responders! Thank you Stoughton fire and police ! special thank you to Christine and Bella!
Roseanne September 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
What an amazing thing to see on my way to work yesterday. The flag is huge and beautiful!
Susan O'Reilly September 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I also want to thank Christine and Bella for making it possible to have such a fine tribute. The pictures taken are wonderful to look through. Thank you to all our town firefighters for this tribute.
Fiscal Conservative September 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I was out of town, but, my wife was inspired by such a wonderful sight as she drove through the center. She actually stopped to admire the flag, in all its glory. For all the horror of 9/11 the unity that the country showed was a lasting memory for my family. The lovely Mrs FC wishes to thank Christine and Bella for their remarkable effort.

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