9/11 commemorative events

  • A mourner traces the name of a victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York. AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID HANDSCHUH, POOL

Published: 9/9/2021 4:02:55 PM
Candlelight vigil in South Hadley

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, an event at the South Hadley Library will focus on veterans.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. in honor of those who have lost their lives during America’s wars over the past 20 years.

“9/11 was the equivalent of Pearl Harbor for our generation of combat veterans,” said Michael Salter, the town’s veterans agent. “It doesn’t seem like the major ceremonies happening on the 11th, they’re not really focusing on the veteran side of this and the effect this 20-year war has had on our community of veterans.”

The event will feature resources, including councilors, available for veterans. Families who have lost loved ones in war are also expected to speak.

The vigil is one of two events in town commemorating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Another ceremony will take place on the Town Common at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, featuring the town fire department, police and veteran leaders, in addition to other community groups.

Remembrance ceremony in Easthampton

Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, Police Chief Robert Alberti, and Fire Chief Christopher Norris welcome the public and all city employees to a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Public Safety Complex on Payson Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“To mark the 20th anniversary of that infamous day, we invite everyone to come and reflect and remember those lives lost,” city officials wrote of the event.

The agenda begins with a gathering of guests outside the Public Safety Complex followed by opening remarks and the ringing of a bell in four sets of five chimes each. The station’s flag will be lowered to half mast followed by a reading of the Firefighters Prayer, another ringing of the bell, a flag raising and closing remarks.

Memorial service in Northampton

A 9/11 memorial service will be held at the Northampton Fire Department Headquarters at 26 Carlon Drive on Saturday starting at 9:55 a.m. The ceremony will mark the anniversary with the ringing of bells, the Firefighters and Police Officers’ prayers and a moment of silence.

The bells will ring out the 5-5-5-5 code, which signals the death of a firefighter. More than 340 FDNY firefighters died on Sept. 11, 2001. The public is welcome to attend.

Bell-ringing in Whately

In a special 9/11 remembrance, the bells of the Whately Congregational Church will ring at 8:45, 9:04, 9:45, and 10:10 a.m. Saturday, the exact times the four planes went down on 9/11. All are welcome to commemorate on the church lawn, especially first responders and veterans. The church is located at 177 Chestnut Plain Road.

Ceremony at fire station in Williamsburg

The Williamsburg Fire Department will be hosting a small ceremony on Saturday in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at Williamsburg Station 1 on North Main Street. The event is open to the public and masks are recommended.

Holyoke firefighters mark anniversary

The Holyoke Fire Department will hold its 20th annual ceremony to honor those killed on 9/11 on Saturday 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.

Springfield Mass commemorates losses

Diocese of Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne will celebrate the annual Blue Mass to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. The Mass will be offered for all first responders, firefighters, state and local police, paramedics, corrections officers, federal law enforcement and those serving in the military.

“It’s been 20 years since the 9/11 attacks that brought down planes in Pennsylvania, into the Pentagon and into the Twin Towers,” Bishop Byrne said in a statement.

Families are invited to attend the Mass will be televised on “Chalice of Salvation,” on WWLP-22 News at 10 a.m. The Mass also will be livestreamed at diosprinfield.org. A brief procession will precede the event. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and military personnel are asked to wear dress uniforms and gather in the parking lot at St. Michael’s Cathedral by 9:30 a.m.

Livestream from Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee

On Friday at noon, state Sen. Eric P. Lesser will host a livestream with Col. Joseph D. Janik, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Q&A will focus on the events of 9/11 and the operations of Westover Air Reserve Base.

As senior officer, Janik is responsible for more than 3,000 personnel, including civilians, Air Reserve technicians and traditional reservists. The lunchtime livestream can be found on Lesser’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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