Several years ago we posted Clem Wetmore's 8mm home movie of the 1969 Hamden Firemen's Field Day at Brooksvale Park. Recently, the HFRA webmeister found some 8mm footage of the field day from the previous year, some of which was shot by his dad.
It's not a long film, and there is not much continuity, but it does provide brief looks at a couple of Hamden Fire Department personalities of that era, as well as a once-traditional HFD event that is now a half-century in the past.
In observance of the 220th anniversary of our country and the 210th anniversary of the Town of Hamden, historic flags flew at Station 4 from Flag Day until July 4th. All of the flags were new, purchased by two department members through retail establishments.
Any authentic U.S. flag design from the past, regardless of the number of stars, is considered an official U.S. flag and may be flown as such.
Each day from June 14th until July 4th 1996, a U.S. flag with a different number of stars flew from Station 4's flag pole. An informational card was displayed on an easel in front of the station, providing details about the number of stars and the dates of service.
June 1996 - L-R: Firefighters Paul Turner, Roberta Angiletta, Jim Dunlop, Ron Desroches, Lt. Frank Critchett, Capt. Paul Wetmore, Batt. Chief Bill Coppola and Ff. Mark Barletta. (CLICK to enlarge)
This display of historic American flags was in strict compliance with the U.S. Flag Code. Department members went to great lengths to ensure that the flags above the bay doors was properly anchored. However, the multi-flag display was taken down after about a week when concerns that Engine 4's exit and re-entry might cause damage to the flags flying above it. A different historic U.S. flag continued to be flown each day from Station 4's flagpole until July 4, 1996.
This genuine 38-star American flag, in the archives of the Hamden Historical Society, flew on
Sleeping Giant during Hamden's Centennial Celebration the week of June 15, 1886.
March 12, 2014 - Hamden Historical Society photo
This photo, taken in the Al Gorman History Room at Miller Library four years ago, shows then-archivist Joe Pepe (left) and history room volunteer Kathy Gee displaying the entire flag for the photographer. The Al Gorman History Room is located on the top floor of Miller Library, 2101 Dixwell Avenue, in that part of the building that was once Centerville School. It is open to the public every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is always welcome.
The room is closed during the months of July and August, and opens again the day after Labor Day. But there are still three more Tuesdays before it closes for the summer. Visiting the room is a rewarding experience for anyone interested in Hamden history.