Fundraising campaign for Springfield 9/11 monument raised more than $300K

Hampden County

A 9/11 monument will be installed in Springfield’s Riverfront Park when renovations are complete.

On Wednesday, the City of Springfield celebrated all of the people who helped fund the construction of Riverfront Park’s future 9/11 monument.

Riverfront Park in Springfield will soon be the home of an artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City. Springfield’s 9/11 Monument Fundraising Committee raised more than $300,000 to the solemn tribute. 

“There are many many people who participated and excited that Springfield is going to get a 9/11 memorial,” said Frank Colaccino, chair of Springfield’s 9/11 Monument Fundraising Committee.

The monument will feature a 9.5-foot beam of structural steel, that will honor the nearly 500 first responders killed in the terrorist attack. At night,  the Riverfront Park 9/11 monument will cast two shadows representing the twin towers.

“We are delighted to participate in the commemoration of the lives who perished in this attack,” said Michael Crowley, president of Crowley and Associates. “And we are delighted as a family in some small way.”

The 9/11 monument will be unveiled at the renovated Riverfront Park when it opens next June. The city said they will hold a special ceremony every September 11 at Riverfront Park to honor the victims who died in the terrorist attack.

“It’s going to be very tastefully and respectfully done and it will become a destination point for individuals near and far to come to the Riverfront,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The 9/11 monument is being fabricated by Salmon Studios in Northampton. 

The World Trade Center artifact is one of the largest steel remnants from the terrorist attack.

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