SHEFFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – The man behind the discovery of an UFO encounter is being honored with a monument.

The commemorative monument is dedicated to the official induction of our nation’s first off-world UFO incident.

The monument was installed and funded by a coalition of witnesses present on that fateful night in 1969.

Thomas Reed was one of those witnesses. Reed says he was his family’s station wagon adjacent to the Old Sheffield Covered Bridge in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Reed says after his mom drove over the bridge, they started seeing lights. The car came to a stop.

The sound of frogs and crickets that had filled the night air just moments before, dissipated.

Lights filled the station wagon, silence, and then a loud bang reverberated through the night air.

“You could see the lights flickering through the trees,” says Reed. “We were all just no longer in the vehicle anymore.”

When Reed regained consciousness, he says his family was in a spacious industrial building.

Something grabbed him from his left, guided him through a door and into a room on his right.

“I ran at that point,” said Reed. “I came into a large intersecting hallway.”

“I was covered with an apparatus,” he said. “I was put back into this room. I could hear my mother’s voice, my grandmother; at least I believe it was them.”

Reed explained that he heard women’s voices calling out to him. The next thing he knew, he was back in his family’s car.

The same night of the encounter, others reported similar experiences to WSPS Radio.

Jesse Stewart, an employee of WSPS Radio, reported hearing from an 81-year-old woman who had been driving out to Stockbridge that evening.

Following a recent call with Reed, Steward says she followed-up again.

“It puts a chill down your back,” Reed explains. “It gives you a little bit of an upset stomach, because it was a strange night for us.”