Towns, groups plan 9/11 remembrance events

  • Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, after two hijacked airplanes hit the Twin Towers in a terrorist attack on New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images/TNS

Published: 9/8/2021 4:05:16 PM

Editor’s Note: Below is a list of events being planned in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additional coverage relating to the anniversary will be published in the coming days.

Athol

A memorial service will be held at the Uptown Fire Station, 2251 Main St., from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The public is encouraged to attend.

Deerfield

In time for Saturday, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) is reinstalling a sculpture by Mohawk artist Richard Glazer-Danay to honor the Mohawk high steelworkers, who worked on skyscrapers in New York City, including the Twin Towers.

Glazer-Danay has family ties to Deerfield and created the sculpture as part of his “Headdress for Modern Mohawks” series. The sculpture and some photographs will be available for viewing through Oct. 31.

Gill

A ceremony will be held in front of the Gill Church on Saturday. Members of the public are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m. At 8:46, the time of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the church bell will be rung 20 times. A prayer of remembrance will be recited in accompaniment.

Greenfield

■The Greenfield Fire Department has 9/11 remembrance ceremonies scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the public is invited to a ceremony at the Fire Station at 10 a.m., during which guests will be offered an opportunity to remember the public safety officials and civilians who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Fire Chief Bob Strahan said Mayor Roxann Wedegartner will be there as a speaker, and a few individuals who were residents of New York City at the time have also been invited to speak.

On Sunday, a second, similar service will be held at 10:30 a.m., also at the Fire Station, he said. Then at 11 a.m., the annual emergency services parade will kick off from the station and finish at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Fire departments from throughout the region have been invited to participate.

■On Saturday, Fly by News is sponsoring a 10 a.m. screening of the documentary “Seven” about the extraordinary conclusions of the University of Alaska Fairbanks study on the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7. The event will be held at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and a table with information about 9/11, much of it free, will be set up to view before the screening. There will also be a question and answer period after the 45-minute film.

Montague

The Turners Falls Fire Department is hosting a remembrance ceremony on Saturday that will consist of a moment of silence, flag lowering, prayers and bell ringing.

The ceremony, which will feature emergency first responders and off-duty police and fire personnel, begins at 9:55 a.m. in front of the Public Safety Complex. Members of the public are encouraged to assemble at 9:30.

A ringing of bells — four sets of five chimes each — will precede a 30-second moment of silence after the American flag has been lowered to half-mast. Then, Montague Police Chief Christopher Williams and Fire Chief John Zellmann Jr. will each recite a prayer before ringing the bell again and raising the flag.

Orange

First responders, their families and members of the public are invited to join the Orange Police and Fire departments for a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Saturday.

This somber and reflective event is scheduled for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fire Station 2 in Tully at 50 Mill Yard Road. The event will be held rain or shine.

Shelburne Falls

Trinity Church on Severance Street in Shelburne Falls will be ringing its bell in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The bell will be rung 20 times beginning at 8:45 a.m. All are welcome to gather in the church sanctuary (please wear a face covering if you are not vaccinated) or in the parking lot and observe silent prayer. For more information, call the church office at 413-625-2341.

Whately

The Whately Congregational Church is inviting community members, with a special invitation extended to first responders and veterans, to assemble on the church lawn Saturday morning.

The church bells will ring at 8:45, 9:04, 9:45 and 10:10 a.m. — the times each plane went down on Sept. 11 — and those who attend are encouraged to share their memories of the day and their thoughts on what it means to them and the country today.

The church is located at 177 Chestnut Plain Road. The event will end at 10:30.


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