"My red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation, my white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who have lost their sons and daughters, my blue field is indicative of God's heaven under which I fly," said Roger Smith, Roger Sherman Branch #5 Treasurer. "My stars clustered together unify 50 states as one, for God and country. Old glory is my nickname and proudly I wave on high."
The Norwalk Fire Department was honored at its annual Flag Day ceremony on Friday.
Harding Dies, President of the Roger Sherman Sons of the American Revolution Branch 5, presented Fire Chief Denis McCarthy with a certificate of Commendation Flag award. The award recognizes the fire department's consistent and proper display of the U.S. flag. Congressman Jim Himes also presented the department with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
"To mark this day and to help celebrate the Norwalk Fire Department, and thank you ladies and gentlemen for all that you do and the risks that you take and what you stand for," said Congressman Jim Himes. "I ask that a flag be flown over the U.S. capital and that was done this week to honor the Norwalk Fire Department on their receiving this honor from the Sons of the American Revolution. I'd like to present that to chief McCarthy."
"We take great pride in displaying the flag at the Connecticut United Ride, at the beginning of the Memorial Day Parade at the annual Blue Mass when it's hosted here in Norwalk and other events where we can display a 40 foot flag suspended from the two ladder trucks," said Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy.
"When people see the United States flag, whether they are a citizen or not, it means so much, it means, hope, it means a freedom, it means the ability to have freedom of religion or freedom of the press and to know that there's a lifestyle that so many people around the world yearn for here in the United States," said Sen. Bob Duff.
"This country, when it was founded was really something new, all together new," said State Rep. Gail Lavielle. "There were no antecedents, there was no throne,
McCarthy says the Fire Department will continue to collect retired and worn flags from the public.