Events around the area to commemorate 9/11

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several commemorations of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are planned in and around Albuquerque on Thursday. They include:

ALBUQUERQUE: The stairwells in the city/county building at 1 Civic Plaza NW will be bustling with climbers in remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11 and to raise funds for the local American Red Cross chapter, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Registration is $20 per climber and can be made online at cabq.gov/fire/events. Donations will also be accepted. For more information, visit the website.

RIO RANCHO: Retired Fire Department of New York firefighter Joe Torrillo, who was involved in rescue operations at the World Trade Center on 9/11, will be guest speaker at a 9/11 Memorial Service at 6 p.m. at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

EDGEWOOD: Wildlife West Nature Park will honor those who died on 9/11 with its White Wings Across America memorial at 10 a.m.

White doves, a symbol of peace, will be released at several locations. Guest speakers will be Mark Chavez, a firefighter who was dispatched to assist in the 9/11 recovery effort, and John Brault, who was in the Pentagon on 9/11. Admission to the park is free that day.

BELEN: Maj. Derrick Chacon with the New Mexico National Guard’s 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will deliver the keynote address during a 9/11 memorial ceremony set for 10 a.m. at Belen’s 9/11 Memorial Park at the corner of Main and Church streets. Charles B. Cox, commander of VFW Post 2387, will emcee the event.

On Sept. 11, 2001, coordinated attacks by 19 al-Qaida terrorists resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths as they flew hijacked airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon.

A fourth plane targeting Washington, D.C., crashed in Pennsylvania after a group of passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.