Jayne W. Miller Wilmington Town Crier
WILMINGTON – Red, White, and Blue they made it. With flags and wings and children’s drawings, they built it. And with love and ceremony on a windswept September morning, they dedicated it.
Where Angels Play brought together volunteers, donors, residents, police and fire department honor guards, an assistant principal from Sandy Hook Elementary, NFL players, local dignitaries, and, of course, children for the dedication of the Sean Collier playground on the shore of Silver Lake Saturday morning.
With an immense American flag hung from the Fire Department’s Tower 1 flying over the beach, the patriotic theme was as clear as Collier’s love for the flag. Collier was an MIT Police Officer at the time he was killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brothers who were fleeing from law enforcement just days after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Several drawings by Collier’s youngest family members were memorialized as panels on the new play structure. His young cousin Willa Roberts drew the panel with police cruisers that said, “Police officers are our friends.”
Nieces Kailey and Cate Lynch drew “Always look before crossing” and “Don’t talk to strangers” panels as well, embedding into the design of the playground the importance of community policing to Collier.