ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Moments of silence, tributes and campaign timeouts mark anniversary around the state and nation.
Relatives of people killed at the World Trade Center in New York City seven years ago today are marking the grim anniversary with a moment of silence, while other ceremonies are being held at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the four hijacked planes crashed in a field, The Associated Press reported.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are scheduled to appear later today at Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan to pay their silent respects, the AP reported.
Among the many ceremonies and events marking Sept. 11, 2001, around the country will be just about an hour from now (8:28 a.m.) at Bernalillo County fire stations where trucks parked outside will have their emergency lights on while firefighters and paramedics will stand in silence to mark the approximate time when the first firefighters died in the terrorist attacks.
Here's a list of other memorial observances in and around Albuquerque from this morning's Albuquerque Journal.
Congress, by a vote of 407-0 in October 2001, declared Sept. 11 a "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001," which was later shortened by President George W. Bush to "Patriot Day," according to the Farmington Daily Times.
The death of nearly 3,000 people in a series of coordinated attacks by fanatical Muslim terrorists will be marked in a variety of ways around the Four Corners region, according to the Daily Times.
Several events also are planned in and around Las Cruces, according to this list of events published in the Las Cruces Sun-News.
And teachers in all of Deming's public schools will use the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as a teaching tool throughout the day, the Deming Headlight reported.