STRATFORD, Conn. -- On International Firefighters' Day, which was May 4, students at St. Mark Elementary School in Stratford made a “Hero Quilt" to honor the firefighters of the Fire Department of the City of New York for their contribution to saving lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The students presented the flag at Stratford fire department headquarters.
Each student in grades K-8 designed a red or white square cloth with a personal thank you note to a firefighter. The fabric was pieced together to make a quilt in the shape of the American flag. The stars on the flag represent the preschoolers.
International Firefighters' Day is a day where the world’s communities recognize the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure their communities and environment are as safe as possible.
It is also a day firefighters current and past can be thanked for their contributions and to remember firefighters who have died in the line of duty serving their communities.
The flag is now on permanent display at Stratford fire department headquarters.