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Ringing Of Church Bells Requested To Mark Tornado Anniversary

May 31, 2016
Originally published on May 30, 2016 12:22 pm

This Wednesday, June 1st,  marks the fifth anniversary of a devastating tornado striking western Massachusetts.

    As he has done in years past, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a city-wide moment of reflection on the tornado anniversary.

" We want to commemorate it, not celebrate it.  I've asked the houses of worship to ring the bells at 4:38 p.m.," said Sarno.

The tornado, the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in 50 years, left a 6 mile scar through the city and tore up trees and buildings in a half-dozen towns.  Three people died. 

Springfield has received almost $350 million from the state and federal governments to rebuild schools, parks, and other public property.

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