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Sept. 11, 2020: Western Massachusetts prepares to mark anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 9/6/2020 By Jim Kinney, masslive.com
a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame.

SPRINGFIELD — Coordinated terrorist attacks killed 2,996 people at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington and in Pennsylvania 19 years ago.

Now, with another anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, arriving Friday, local communities are preparing ceremonies to remember all those killed — especially those with local ties.

a group of people standing in front of a flag: 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame.

But this year, fire departments and civic groups are changing plans or curtailing them due to the coronavirus pandemic.

a vase of flowers on a table: 9/11/2019 -Springfield- Someone left a bouquest of flowers and a photo of a woman killed on 9/11 at the Springfield 9/11 monument. The City of Springfield honored those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the 9/11 monument at Riverfront Park. © Don Treeger | dtreeger@repub.com/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -Springfield- Someone left a bouquest of flowers and a photo of a woman killed on 9/11 at the Springfield 9/11 monument. The City of Springfield honored those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the 9/11 monument at Riverfront Park.

A sampling of local events:

Springfield: 10-11 a.m. at Riverfront Park, hosted by Spirit of Springfield.

There will be remembrances offered by Springfield Fire Commissioner Bernard J. Calvi, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, emergency services, the 104th Fighter Wing and Mayor Domenic Sarno, according to a news release.

Springfield dedicated its 9/11 memorial in 2019 after years of planning and construction. It features metal salvaged from the World Trade Center site.

a group of people on a sidewalk near a fence: 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- Mayor Will Reichelt takes a moment to reflect as the town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- Mayor Will Reichelt takes a moment to reflect as the town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame.

Agawam: 9:30 a.m. on public access cable channel 15 or online at AgawamMedia.tv.

Chicopee: 9:55 a.m. in front of the Public Safety Complex, 15 Court St. The Rev. William Tourigny of St. Rose de Lima Parish will lead a prayer.

Ludlow: 10 a.m. at the town’s 9/11 Memorial at the Public Safety Complex at Center and Chapin streets.

a person standing in front of a fruit stand: Cindy Wloch,left,and Brandy Bruso lay a wreath at the 9/11 memorial in Ware on Sept. 11, 2019. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS Cindy Wloch,left,and Brandy Bruso lay a wreath at the 9/11 memorial in Ware on Sept. 11, 2019.

Northampton: 9:55 a.m. at Fire Rescue Headquarters, 26 Carlon Drive.

West Springfield: 8:46 a.m., the time of the first attacks, at the eternal flame memorial on Park Square Green.

West Springfield native Melissa Harrington-Hughes was killed in the 101st floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center.

a group of people that are standing in the grass: 9/11/2019 -Springfield- Student-athletes at American International College placed nearly 3,000 flags on the campus Quadrangle to honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 18 years ago. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -Springfield- Student-athletes at American International College placed nearly 3,000 flags on the campus Quadrangle to honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 18 years ago.

Westfield: 9:45 a.m. at the Westfield Fire Department, Broad Street. The Fire Department will hold its annual ceremony of reflection and remembrance in honor of fallen first responders. All in attendance are asked to stand on the west side of Broad Street, opposite the fire station.

a close up of a flag: 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame. © Don Treeger | dtreeger@repub.com/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- The town of West Springifeld held a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame.

At 11 a.m., Mayor Donald Humason will be joined by families of Westfield natives who fell victim to the attacks with a wreath laying at the 9/11 Monument across from the Westwood Building at 94 North Elm St.

The park is dedicated to Westfield natives Tara Shea-Creamer, Brian Murphy and Daniel Trant, who died in the attacks. Shea-Creamer was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first of two planes to crash into the twin towers. Murphy and Trant were at work and killed in the World Trade Center. All in attendance are asked to wear masks and socially distance.

a man wearing a suit and tie: 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- Master of Ceremonies Dan Roberts pauses to compose himself as the town of West Springifeld holds a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -West Springfield- Master of Ceremonies Dan Roberts pauses to compose himself as the town of West Springifeld holds a ceremony to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks including local resident Melissa Harrington-Hughes. The event was held on the town green at the 9/11 memorial and eternal flame.

There is no ceremony this year at the Sons of Erin.

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a close up of a flag: 9/11/2019 -Springfield- The City of Springfield honored those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the 9/11 monument at Riverfront Park. © Don Treeger / The Republican/masslive.com/TNS 9/11/2019 -Springfield- The City of Springfield honored those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the 9/11 monument at Riverfront Park.

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