ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexicans join in remembering the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history.
As everyone knows, today is the sixth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, when two commercial airliners smashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the 110-story skyscrapers to collapse, while another plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa., killing nearly 3,000 people in all.
There will be ceremonies across the United States and even overseas marking the event, including a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque and a memorial service/candlelight vigil for 9/11 victims from 8 to 9 p.m. tonight at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW, according to this morning's Albuquerque Journal.
Elsewhere in New Mexico, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will join the New Mexico Professional Firefighters' Association in commemorating the first responders who died on 9/11 at 1 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 1 in Santa Fe; a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. for the firefighters and police officers who died in the terrorist attacks by the Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Southwest at 2801 Lomas Blvd. NE in Albuquerque; and, according to KOAT-TV, firefighters in Grants will be lining Interstate 40 at exit 85 from 7:30 to 10 this morning and a memorial concert will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Patriot Outdoor Center in Clovis.
A Remembrance Ceremony also will be held at 8 p.m. today at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, as it has on every Sept. 11 since 2002, according to the Alamogordo Daily News.
Al Marchand, a former lieutenant with the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety, was on the second of two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Daily News reported.
For your own private remembrance, we strongly recommend you read Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" (just out in paperback last month) — the most comprehensive and insightful look we've seen on what led to that terrible day.