West Springfield 9/11 memorial to be fixed after “catastrophic failure”

Flame mechanism will be redesigned, mayor says

This WWLP file image from September 11, 2016 shows the eternal flame burning at West Springfield's 9/11 memorial. The flame mechanism is being re-designed after what Mayor Will Reichelt described as a "catastrophic failure."

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Repairs will be made to the 9/11 Memorial on the West Springfield Town Common, an eternal flame, which is no longer burning due to what the mayor terms a “catastrophic failure.”

Mayor William Reichelt tweeted Monday that the flame mechanism of the stone monument is in the process of being re-designed.

The memorial was dedicated to 31 year-old Melissa Harrington-Hughes, a West Springfield native who was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Harrington-Hughes was on a business trip visiting the North Tower of the World Trade Center when a commercial jetliner struck the skyscraper.

The monument is the focal point of the town’s annual commemoration ceremony honoring Harrington-Hughes and all the other victims of 9/11.

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