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.