GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Greenfield firefighters and Franklin County residents paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 during a ceremony Wednesday morning.
The ceremony was held at the Greenfield Fire Department Headquarters on Main Street. The building contains a unique memorial; capturing the iconic image of firefighters raising the American Flag amidst the debris of the World Trade Center.
The observance itself started exactly at exactly 9:58 - the time that the South Tower fell. It was a somber gathering to honor the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and nearly 2,500 people that lost their lives that day. Prayers were spoken, the bell was rung, and everyone took a few moments from their day to remember those lost, but to also honor those with the courage to help their community everyday.
"Just don't want to forget what happened, don't want anybody else to forget what happened," Greenfield Fire Department Capt. John Whitney said.
Greenfield's was one of several ceremonies that were held in the morning, but more are planned for the evening hours. Click here for a complete listing of 9/11 ceremonies being held across western Massachusetts.