SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – A special memorial brought together Springfield leaders and the local community Tuesday morning at Riverfront Park.

The Ground Zero flag flew over the rubble that remained between the World Trade Center’s North and South towers following the September 11th attacks. On Tuesday, that flag made its way to Springfield.

“It’s a piece of history, you know it’s a real artifact,” said President of Spirit of Springfield Judy Matt.

“I’m excited to see it, and I’ll probably be a little emotional when I see it,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi.

The city of Springfield received the flag in a special ceremony where first responders escorted it in via motorcade over Memorial Bridge. Several city leaders offered remarks expressing gratitude for those who honor the flag through their service and those who have died for it.

“When everybody else is running out of that building, they’re running into the building to save structures and lives,” said Mayor Sarno.

During the ceremony, two first responders held up the flag, right next to Springfield’s 9/11 memorial. Riverfront Park has been added to the long list of display destinations for the Ground Zero Flag.

After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Ground Zero flag was flown between the World Trade Center’s

“It’s traveled throughout the country and parts of the world. And it’s going to be going to many cities throughout the United States then it’s going to be retired to the 9/11 museum in New York,” said Judy Matt.

And because this is such a revered flag, anyone who handles it is asked to wear white gloves so as to not damage the flag in any way. The flag was carefully folded up at the ceremony’s end, which saw several first responders singing along to a rendition of “God Bless America.”

The flag is now headed to Northampton, to be carried in the New England Run for the Fallen later this month.