Paying Tribute

AIC student putting a flag in the ground

The AIC Student Nurse Association (SNA) honored the thirteen soldiers killed in a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul with a moving tribute at twilight on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Members of the SNA shared brief personal stories about each fallen service member while a candle was lit and a rose placed next to an American flag representing each of the thirteen brave men and women who died in service to their country and the people of Afghanistan.

For SNA co-presidents Alyssa Bellefeuille, a Holyoke native, and Sarah Newsome, of Agawam, this event was personal. Bellefeuille’s boyfriend, also from Holyoke, a specialist in the Army, was less than five miles away from the Kabul airport in Afghanistan at the time of the bombing. He is currently awaiting deployment to Iraq. Newsome’s boyfriend, is a United States Marine Corps reservist, Lance Corporal Brandon Franklin.

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