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Construction not the reason for eliminating 9/11 ceremony at Civic Plaza

Kai Porter
September 13, 2017 07:23 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The City of Albuquerque traditionally holds a ceremony at Civic Plaza to honor all those who lost their lives in the terror attack on Sept. 11, 2001. But that wasn't the case on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 on Monday.

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The city initially said on Friday that the ceremony wasn't being held at Civic Plaza this year because of renovation construction. But when the city sent out a news release Tuesday saying a boxing event was taking place at Civic Plaza later this month, KOB decided to ask why the city wasn't able to hold the 9/11 ceremony at Civic Plaza too.

Melissa Romero, a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Fire Department, which organizes the city's 9/11 events, said there's a different reason why.

"After last year's 15th anniversary, we decided instead of having four different events, we decided to scale it down to really two main events," she said.

This year, Romero said the city decided to eliminate the ceremony at Civic Plaza and the community stair climb.

However, the firefighter stair climb still took place right next to Civic Plaza on 9/11. Each year firefighters climb Albuquerque's tallest building five times to equal 110 stories, which was the height of the former World Trade Center.

"They do it in honor of the 343 firefighters that died on 9/11," said Romero.

The Metropolitan 9/11 Ceremony was still held in Rio Rancho. Romero said state and city officials took part in it this year as they do every year.

Romero said she's not sure what the plan is for next year. 

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