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9/11 anniversary tributes to be held around N.M., U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A moment of silence is being observed nationwide right now (6:45 a.m. MDT) to mark the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York by terrorist hijackers, and several ceremonies are planned throughout the state of New Mexico to mark the 12th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest terror attack.

At 6 a.m. today, New Mexico State University’s Air Force and Army ROTC will commemorate 9/11 with a memorial run, followed by a memorial service and a flag ceremony on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces.

At 9:30 a.m., Albuquerque firefighters will climb 110 floors in full bunker gear to honor the 343 firefighters who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, re-enacting the event at the Bank of Albuquerque, 201 3rd St. NW.

At 10:45 a.m., Albuquerque will host its 9/11 annual memorial service at Civic Plaza, according to KOAT-TV. The Albuquerque Police Department and Albuquerque Fire Department will do a presentation of colors, sing the national anthem and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Several speakers will attend including Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, city council president Dan Lews, interim APD Chief Allen Banks, AFD Fire Chief James Breen and more.

And from 10 a.m. to noon, the Santa Fe Fire Department will host a “9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony” followed by an open house at the city’s newly remodeled Fire Station No. 4.

And in Rio Rancho, a 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, at 6 p.m. today.

Last Friday in Rio Rancho, employees from Daniels Family Funeral Services and community volunteers placed thousands of miniature flags at Vista Verde Memorial Park to represent the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attack on the World Trade Center’s twin towers, the Albuquerque Journal wrote last week.

Each of the flags bears the name of someone who died on 9/11/01, hand-written by volunteers from the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico, Albuquerque Area Firefighters Random Acts group and chaplains from local law enforcement and fire departments, Joan Stasi, Daniels’ memorial coordinator, told the Journal.

Meanwhile, Sept. 11 victims’ loved ones will gather at ground zero in New York City to commemorate the attacks’ anniversary with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition, The Associated Press reported.

At today’s ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza, relatives will recite the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., as well as the 1993 trade center bombing victims’ names. Beforehand, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, musician Billy Joel, firefighters and others are expected to join in a tribute motorcycle ride from a Manhattan firehouse to ground zero, the AP reported.

Name-reading, wreath-laying and other tributes also will be underway at the Pentagon and at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville while the commemoration unfolds at ground zero, where the mayor who has helped orchestrate the observances from their start will be watching for his last time in office. And saying nothing.

Continuing a decision made last year, no politicians will speak, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the AP said.