Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration held in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, NY (WKTV) - Know the next time you see a Monarch Butterfly-- it very well may be one of these. Wednesday night, more than 400 butterflies were released into the sky at Utica College in honor and in memory of loved ones through the Hospice program.

A couple hundred people turned out for the annual event. It's a night of mixed emotions-- as the butterflies were released, the names of loved ones were read to the crowd. "I think the symbolism of freedom and release and peace and all of those things really are the reason and there is a renewal of life with the butterfly and then they grow and they hatch and they become a butterfly and they fly and then eventually their lives end and so that really is the symbol of life to us," says Ann Tonzi, Executive Director of Hospice & Palliative Care in New Hartford.

Perhaps an even greater symbol, as the butterflies were being released, a rainbow filled the sky. Even more butterflies were released at Colgate University in Hamilton.

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