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Springfield celebrates 100th anniversary of municipal group

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The Spirit of Springfield wrapped up its weekend-long celebration of the city's municipal group.

The downtown area, which includes City Hall and Symphony Hall, officially turned 100 years old on Sunday, as residents packed Symphony Hall for a free concert put on by the 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

In attendance was the granddaughter and great-grandson of former Springfield Mayor John Denison.

Denison was in office when the buildings were dedicated in 1913.

His relatives told CBS 3 that they were happy to be in attendance this weekend.

"As I have been getting ready and prepared to come here, I've been channeling my grandfather and my grandmother," said Mary Evelyn Denison Porter, Denison's granddaughter.  "The feeling is continuity of the generations. The feeling of Springfield as it was, but Springfield today."

"It's the idea of two generations coming together over 100 years," said Jonathan Fantini Porter, Denison's great-grandson.  "It's my great-grandfather dedicating these buildings here in 1913 and 100 years later, here we are in 2013 for the same purpose."

The municipal group celebration began with the lighting of court square on Friday night and included a holiday concert from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

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