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Join in the 9/11 Remembrances

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Remembrances and ceremonies honoring those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are scheduled to take place across the state today. The events include:


â–  The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run in Downtown Albuquerque, which begins at 8 a.m. today. Runners and volunteers can register at 6:30 a.m. at Civic Plaza. Entry fees are $25 for runners/walkers and $15 for volunteers.

â–  Perhaps the largest ceremony will be hosted by the city and includes Gov. Susana Martinez.

The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. today at Civic Plaza, includes keynote speaker Rodney Miller, an FBI agent who was present in the twin towers during the attacks.

Everyone from religious leaders to activists will commemorate the anniversary.

â–  At Sacred Heart Parish at 3 p.m. today, 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.

â–  The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice will hold a picnic followed by candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. today at Bataan Memorial Park, Lomas and Carlisle NE.

Today serves as “Patriot Day,” as dedicated by President Barack Obama and the governor. All flags are to be flown at half-staff until sundown today.

Other events today include:

â–  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.

â–  About 9:15 a.m., the Albuquerque Fire Department will conduct the ninth 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 NW, where they will honor the 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty on 9/11.

â–  Several choral groups will sing Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE.

â–  The Albuquerque Police Officers Association will host family events for police and the public at the Carpenters Union Training Center, 3900 Pan American Freeway NE, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rio Rancho

The city of Rio Rancho encourages the observance of a moment of remembrance to last for one minute, beginning at 11 a.m. today 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.

Santa Fe

A 9/11 memorial ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. today at Santa Fe Fire Department Station 1, 200 Murales Road. From there, the Remembrance Parade will travel to the Plaza for another ceremony.

Las Cruces

A ceremony to mark 9/11 will be at 4 p.m. today at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
— This article appeared on page A8 of the Albuquerque Journal