With American flags in hand, students celebrated "We Love America Day" Tuesday as a way to commemorate and honor the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
The special ceremony — — began at Tuttle, with students leading a march from the school to .
Among those walking with the students was Board of Education Chairman Thomas Hennessey and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Erica Forti, as well as other district officials and staff members.
Once at town hall, an assembly was held on the front lawn, featuring remarks by Tuttle Principal Laura Lynn, Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr, as well as the students — some of whom read aloud their essay on what being an American means to them.
Members of East Haven's police and fire departments were also on hand, including Interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee and Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata.
Music was also an important part of the event — which was MC'd by Tuttle student Logan Hamilton — with the crowd of students, teachers, parents and residents joining to together in version of "It's a Grand Old Flag," Star Spangled Banner" and a special version of "God Bless America" that featured a new verse that also honored the town of East Haven.
Video of the songs, as well as other moments during the ceremony, are posted in the gallery.