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Quiet Reflection Asked To Mark Sixth Anniversary Of June 1 Tornado

Preservation Massachusetts Inc

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a citywide “moment of reflection” this Thursday to observe the 6th anniversary of the 2011 tornado.

In a statement released by his office, Sarno asked residents and businesses to pause and for church bells to ring on June 1st at 4:38 p.m. to mark the time the powerful tornado touched down in Springfield.  

As he did on the 5th anniversary, Sarno praised the city’s comeback from the disaster saying more than $3.3 billion in economic development projects are underway.

"Why not use ( the disaster) as a catalyst to improve the whole city and we did that with 3,000 individuals involved in the biggest master plan in the city's history," Sarno said last year in an interview on the 5th anniversary of the tornado.

The tornado tore through several western Massachusetts towns killing 3 people.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.