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Western Massachusetts remembers 9/11

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

It's been 13 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, where thousands lost their lives and today, western Massachusetts remembered them with vigils and memorials.

"Gratitude, remembrance, reflection, honor and support for those first responders and individuals about 3,000 in total who tragically lost their lives in a senseless act of terrorism," said Angela Thorpe, Board of Selectmen Chairman in East Longmeadow. "Never should we forget, never will we forget, never shall I forget."

East Longmeadow lights candles every year to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

World War II veteran Russell Rennell says even though it's tough, it's important to remember.

"It's a wonderful thing to remember it all and everything, but then it wakes up the fact that it all happened all over again for somebody who is trying to come to closure with it," he said.

And in Ludlow, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski led a special mass. In attendance were first responders, police, fire and military personnel.

And earlier this afternoon in Springfield, firefighters recalled watching the planes hit the towers.

"It was really a tragic day and then when we found out about all the loss of life of our fellow firefighters, it was something we'll never forget," Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant said.

And West Springfield residents remembered one of their own, Melissa Harrington-Hughes, who was working in one of the twin towers on the morning of 9/11.

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