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Springfield, September 11th Remembrance Ceremony

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Time Change for September 11th Remembrance Ceremony! The time of Springfield’s September 11th Remembrance Ceremony has been changed from 10am to 1pm.  This is out of great respect for Judge William Boyle and his family. Judge William Boyle’s funeral services will be held on September 11, 2019, at Sacred Heart Church.  Visiting hours will be from 9am to 11am.  A memorial service will be held at 11am.

In addition to being a well-regarded and well-respected judge, Bill Boyle also served as a member of the Springfield City Council and loved to run the Bright Nights 5K Road Race.

For the 17th year, the Spirit of Springfield will assist the Springfield Police and Fire Departments with Springfield’s annual September 11th Ceremony. For the first time, Springfield’s September 11th Remembrance Ceremony will be held in the shadow of Springfield’s September 11th Monument in Riverfront Park.

Springfield’s September 11th Ceremony will be held at 1pm in front of Springfield’s September 11th Monument in Riverfront Park. Mayor Domenic Sarno will bring greetings from the City of Springfield. Remembrances on behalf of their colleagues will be offered by Springfield Fire Commissioner B. J. Calvi, Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Colonel Peter Green, III, Commander of the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base and Patrick Pickering, American Medical Response Regional Director for Western Massachusetts and Metro New York.

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will offer the invocation. Vanessa Ford will sing the National Anthem. WWLP-TV22’s Barry Kriger will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The fire bell will be rung. Emergency vehicles will roll out. A wreath will be laid. There will be a rifle salute and taps will be played.

It is an inspiring and moving event.

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Springfield’s new September 11th Monument, includes a giant curved piece of bronze. It is more than 9 feet tall by 12 feet, and contains 498 names.

Upon close review, visitors will discover two of the same names, Michael Francis Lynch.  Both were with the New York Fire Department. One was stationed on Engine 40 and the other on Ladder 4. There is also a paw print in honor of K-9 Sirius, a yellow Labrador who was a member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.


September 11
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Riverfront Park
1360 W Columbus Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105