Date Visited: September 9, 2016
Location: Agawam Fire Dept Headquarters, 800 Main St, Agawam, MA
Parking: There is a parking area for 5 or 6 cars next to the memorial area and off street parking available nearby
Hours: Accessible everyday, 24 hours a day
Dedicated on the first anniversary of the attacks, the Agawam Fire Department’s 9/11 memorial is constructed of two granite blocks. It is evident that much care and attention to detail was taken in the construction of the memorial. The towers are spaced accurately with 1 World Trade Center to the left and in front of 2 World Trade Center. Two benches (one on each side of the towers), more like slabs of concrete, are positioned at the memorial. it is a place for reflection and peaceful relaxation. Like all memorials at all of the other fire departments, it is both tasteful and emotional.
A plaque lies at the base of the memorial.
Engraved on the plaque is:
TOWN OF AGAWAM
SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001 MEMORIAL
LET IT BE KNOWN TO THE WORLD
UNITED WE STAND
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Being from the Boston area and having ties to New York, I know people who were affected on September 11 and I have a personal connection to this day as well. It is bittersweet to see such beautiful remembrance for such a tragic day.
Normally, I would photograph a memorial closer to my hometown of Boston. But, since my parents and sister moved to Western Mass it has been like a second home to me. I’ve spent many holidays, birthdays, vacations and weekends here so it only seems fitting I would spend a special, yet somber, day here to be with my family.
A sign at the flower bed reminds us what is important to remember on this and all days.