Ten years ago, the world seemed to come to a stop. On Sunday, it will come to a halt again, this time to remember.
New Mexico will join in with remembrances and ceremonies honoring those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Albuquerque events will start with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run in Downtown Albuquerque, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday. Runners and volunteers can register at 6:30 a.m. at the event, or at www.tunneltotowersrun.org/albuquerque.aspx. Entry fees are $25 for runners/walkers and $15 for volunteers.
Perhaps the largest ceremony will be hosted by the city and includes Gov. Susana Martinez.
The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at Civic Plaza, includes keynote speaker Rodney Miller, an FBI agent who was present in the Twin Towers during the attacks.
“Commemorating 9-11-2001 is about paying tribute to the thousands of men and women, including first responders, military personnel and civilians who perished during the tragic events of that date,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said in a written statement. “It is to honor them and recognize that their lives were meaningful and their sacrifices will not be forgotten.”
Everyone from religious leaders to activists will commemorate the anniversary.
At Sacred Heart Parish at 3 p.m. Sunday, there will be a memorial Mass followed by a reception. The church, at 309 Stover SW in Barelas, has beams from the destroyed World Trade Center in its bell tower.
The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice will hold a picnic followed by candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bataan Memorial Park, Lomas and Carlisle NE.
“As far as war and peace, and the events that have occurred past 9/11, we feel those things we need to talk about and educate the public about,” coordinator Sarah Crawford said. “On Sunday, we thought it would be a really great time to reflect on the last 10 years, on the lives that have been lost due to the wars that have come since 9/11.”
Statewide, Sunday will serve as “Patriot Day,” as it will be dedicated by the governor. Martinez has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff from sundown Friday to sundown Sunday.
“September 11th is a day for all of us to remember and reflect on the innocent lives lost and the selfless sacrifice we witnessed ten years ago. I encourage all New Mexicans to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and celebrate America’s enduring compassion, courage, and resolve in the face of incredible trials and challenges,” Martinez said in a news release.
Other events Sunday include:
♦ Motorcycle riders are invited to meet at the Thunderbird Harley-Davidson at 5000 Alameda at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts. Motorcyclists will then ride together to the city’s ceremony Downtown at 9:15 a.m.
♦ At about 9:15 a.m., the Albuquerque Fire Department will conduct the 9th annual 9/11 Stair Climb, in which firefighters in full gear climb 110 stories, equal to the height of the Twin Towers. Firefighters will be dispatched from Station 5 to the Bank Of America at 201 Third St. NW, where they will honor the 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty on 9/11.
♦ Several choral groups will sing Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE.
♦ The city of Rio Rancho encourages the observance of a moment of remembrance to last for 1 minute, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday by ceasing all work or other activity and marking the moment in an appropriate manner, including by ringing bells, blowing whistles or sounding sirens. All city of Rio Rancho Police and Fire and Rescue Department vehicles with sirens not in motion will sound at the specified time.
A 9/11 memorial ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at Santa Fe Fire Department Station 1, 200 Murales Road. From there, the Remembrance Parade will travel to the Plaza for another ceremony.
At 10 a.m. today, 1,500 U.S. flags will be posted on Stapp Field at the New Mexico Military Institute. The event will end with a military flyover of T-38 Talon jets from Holloman Air Force Base.
A ceremony to mark 9/11 will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
— This article appeared on page A1 of the Albuquerque Journal