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Second Annual Blessing of the Badges Ceremony

 

A group of about fifty family and friends and well-wishers gathered at 10 AM, Saturday, September 30th to witness the second annual Blessing of the Badges Ceremony led by Fr. Art Bennett to bless the badges of the police, fire and emergency personnel present at the station. This year’s ceremony was moved inside the Charlestown Fire Station due to rain. The ceremony was a thank offering made on behalf of the public they serve to the Emergency Personal who face the daily risk of conflict, personal injury and sometimes even death, for protecting our communities. Prayers were offered for angelic protection invoking the name of the Archangel Michael, the traditional protector of these public servants.

The event was attended by a Boy Scout troop, with one boy who led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, The New Hampshire State Police bag piper who played Amazing Grace in honor of those fallen in the line of duty, and members of a motorcycle club made up of active and retired first responders and military. Local clergy included Pastor Timothy Golden of Life on Main, Pastors David and Cindy Grasso of Life Fellowship and Fr Art Bennett and Fr David Moody of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. We invite the prayers of all local citizens for the divine protection and guidance of these public servants.