EVENTS: Remembering 9/11 in western Massachusetts

Remembering 9/11

(WWLP) – There are several communities in western Massachusetts are holding events commemorating the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

Hampden County

Agawam

  • A remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in front of Agawam Fire Department Headquarters include speeches from Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois, Father Bill Hamilton, Agawam Fire Department Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Harvey Hill, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, The Honorable William Sapelli, Mayor, Town of Agawam
  • Christopher Lanski, Agawam Veterans Services Director. The National Anthem will be sung by Kerri O’Connor
  • Taps will be played by Christian and Gabriel Rua. A three volley salute will be fired by the American Legion Post 185 Color Guard.

Holyoke

  • The Holyoke Fire Department is holding a ceremony at 10 a.m. Crews will muster outside of the four stations to lower the flag and observe the loss with a moment of silence, followed by the traditional ringing of the bell, and reciting of the Fireman’s Prayer. 

Ludlow

  • A ceremony is being held at the 9/11 memorial across from the Ludlow Fire Station on Center Street beginning at 10 a.m.
  • The 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base is scheduled to flyover several events on September 11th. One of the appearances will be over the Ludlow Fire Department at 10:30 a.m.

Russell

  • The Western MA Council Boy Scouts of America is holding a 9/11 ceremony at Moses Scout Reservation on Birch Hill Rd in Russell from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event is open to the community.

Westover ARB

  • A ceremony is being held for military members at Westover ARB in Chicopee from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

  • The ceremony is being held at MassMutual Center in Springfield will begin with Ray Allen (’18) welcoming the audience and offering a reflection on this solemn day, followed by GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, Anthony Hamilton, who will perform “America the Beautiful”. The Springfield Police and Fire Color Guard will be present to represent and remember those first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th, 2001.

Westfield

  • At 9:45 am, the Westfield Fire Department will hold its annual ceremony of reflection and remembrance in honor of fallen first responders at Fire Headquarters on Broad Street.   
  • At 11:00 am, Mayor Humason will be joined by families of Westfield natives who fell victim to the attacks with a wreath laying at the 9/11 Monument, located at the head of North Elm Street, across from the Westwood Building at 94 North Elm Street. 
  • At 2:00 pm, Sons of Erin will be observing the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th. Westfield residents that lost their lives, Tara Shea Creamer, Dan Trant, and Brian Murphy will be remembered. After a welcome by Pat Murphy, Mayor Don Humason and State Representative Kelly Pease, and guest speaker Senator John Velis will offer brief remarks.  
  • The public is welcome to attend all events. 

West Springfield

  • An event is being held at 8:30 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial for a 20th Anniversary Ceremony remembering the countless lives lost after the awful attack on our country.
  • A memorial service is being held at 11 a.m. at the Irish Cultural Center featuring a 21 Gun Salute in honor of those lost.

Hampshire County

Easthampton

  • Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, Police Chief Robert Alberti, and Fire Chief Christopher Norris welcome the public and all city personnel to a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Public Safety Complex beginning at 11 a.m.

Goshen

  • The Goshen Fire Department will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The community is invited to join at the fire station (located at 56 Main St.) to help keep the memory alive.

Hadley

  • The police and fire departments are scheduled to hold a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the Safety Complex located on 15 East Street. The public is welcome to attend.

UMass Amherst

  • The campus will hear the ringing of the bells in the Old Chapel at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 10:10 a.m. marking the times of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on that day.

Ware

  • A ceremony is being held at the fire department at 10 a.m.

Williamsburg

  • The Williamsburg Fire Department will be holding a small ceremony in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. in front of Williamsburg Station 1 on North Main St. This ceremony is open to the public. Masks are recommended.

Franklin County

Orange

  • First responders, families, and the public are invited to join the Orange Police and Fire Departments at the Tully Fire Station to commemorate September 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • First Responders appreciation event held at Butterfield Park on East River Street in Orange from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free to the public.

Turners Falls

  • The Montague Police Department and Turners Falls Fire Department is holding a 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance beginning at 10 a.m. The event will take place in front of the Montague Public Safety Complex at 180 Turnpike Road in Turners Falls.

Whately

  • A remembrance ceremony is being held at the church lawn from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The church bells will ring at 8:45 a.m., 9:04 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 10:10 a.m. The community is invited to share memories and thoughts on its meaning.

Berkshire County

Becket

  • More than 50 images of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and subsequent recovery will be on display. The exhibit by local photojournalist, Todd Maisel, will be held from September 10 to October 11 at the Becket Arts Center. A discussion forum is scheduled for Monday evening, September 13, 7 p.m.

Boston

  • Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial Annual Ceremony at 4:00pm in Ashburton Park. There is no cost to attend however, individuals who wish to attend must RSVP for planning logistics.

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