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.