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HARTFORD – With dignity and honor, police officers, firefighters and emergency responders in blue uniforms marched under a United States flag, held aloft by three-story fire engine ladders, into the Cathedral of St. Joseph on May 17 for the celebration of the inaugural archdiocesan Blue Mass. The Mass is dedicated to “honoring and remembering the sacrifice that our police, fire, and other safety personnel offer each day for the good of our communities,” said Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, principal celebrant of the Blue Mass, which he initiated for the Archdiocese. With a backdrop of music provided by the Connecticut State Police Pipes and Drums, a procession of honor guards from the Connecticut State Police, Hartford Police Department, Hartford Fire Department and the Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard marched solemnly into the cathedral to place symbolic flags behind the altar. (Photos by Bob Mullen and Mary Chalupsky)
Young members of the congregation react to the pomp and ceremony at the Blue Mass.Hartford Police DepartmentParticipants assemble for the entrance procession of honor guards.

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