SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A bell tolled in Springfield Wednesday, in memory of those who lost their lives during the day of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Springfield’s annual ceremony in remembrance of 9-11 brought first responders and civilians to the Raymond Sullivan Public Safety Complex during the morning hours.
Those gathered stood underneath a giant American Flag hoisted by two ladder trucks, while they watched a wreath-laying ceremony, heard solemn hymns played on the bagpipes, and listened to remarks from local leaders like Police Commissioner William Fitchet.
“Emotions are so strong that the average American feels a physical reaction when he or she recollects the horror of that day,” Fitchet said.
“The courage of the police and firefighters will forever remain a symbol of fidelity and selfless sacrifice.”
Springfield’s annual ceremony is one of the largest in western Massachusetts. Click here for a complete listing of events, which will be held in some communities during the evening hours.