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Fundraising efforts underway for September 11 memorial in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A tribute to the first responders who died in the September 11 attacks is coming to fruition in Springfield.

It's been a project years in the making, and now fundraising efforts are underway to place a memorial at Riverfront Park.

"This is such a moment that America can not forget and we always have to remember our first responders and this is a memorial to them," said Frank Colaccino, Chair of the fundraising committee. 

The memorial will cost around $300,000. Colaccino and his committee are reaching out to the communities and to businesses across the Pioneer Valley for help.

"So far we are a little over 50 percent of the way there," Colaccino added. 

The memorial will stand tall along the Connecticut River with a steel beam from one of the towers that Springfield acquired several years ago.

Salmon Studios of Florence created the design using a special technique to give the memorial different looks throughout the day and night.

"Light and shadow are always something that is being used in architecture and landscape design, we used it here to create a memorable, iconic view of the original twin towers," said Geoff Arthur of Salmon Studios. 

"It will create a sun dial effect as the sun works around more of the names will become visible some of the names will disappear in the shadows where in the night time view the lights in the shadowing will be a lot more prominent. With all the lighting from the bottom that will create a nice glow for the rest of the names that will be up there," Arthur added. 

This will be something Springfield hopes to allow visitors to stop at any time of day to pay their respects.

Construction on the memorial has already started. The city hopes to have it complete by September 11 of this year.

Anyone who would like to donate towards the memorial can do so by visiting the link here.

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