SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Sunday, it will have been 21 years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, and Springfield is one of the many communities around the country that will be remembering that fateful day.
The Spirit of Springfield hosted a moving ceremony Friday, honoring the lives lost on 9/11 at Riverfront Park.
“They ran in, as everyone else was trying to run out. So it’s a grim reminder I hope that it will remain part of the national memory and understand that we need to acknowledge this day, not to celebrate it, but acknowledge it,” said Congressman Richard Neal.
A wreath was laid at the base of the monument followed by a roll out of first responder vehicles crossing the Memorial Bridge. Mayor Sarno, and Attorney General Maura Healey sharing their reflections during the ceremony which was emceed by Anthony Cignoli.
“This is the most important thing we do, but to continue to honor on an annual basis is very critical to us. We don’t want people to forget and as long as the Spirit of Springfield is here, we will continue to do this,” said President Judy Matt of the Spirit of Springfield.
104th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel David Halasi-Kun recalling hearing about the planes crashing into the towers while on base, “It’s not just the lives lost at 9/11, it’s the lives lost in the reaction to 9,11. Just as the firefighters and first responders ran into the Twin Towers that day, in the weeks and months after our armed forces ran into the mouth of conflict with the enemy.”
“It’s always a great honor to be here and to be able to speak at this event and pay tribute to the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi.
If you have a chance this weekend, think about stopping by the Springfield 9/11 memorial. It features a vertical beam from the World Trade Center and is quite a sight to take in.