9/11 ceremonies held across New Mexico
Posted at: 09/11/2013 8:53 AM
| Updated at: 09/11/2013 9:19 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The Albuquerque Fire Department's annual stair climb.
Groups across New Mexico will hold remembrance ceremonies in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Santa Fe Fire Department's ceremony starts at 10 a.m. An honor guard detail will raise and lower the flag at Fire Station No. 4 on Chamiso Road. The station will hold an open house after the ceremony.
Members of the Albuquerque Police Department, fire department and city council will be at Civic Plaza for a ceremony starting at 10:45 a.m. Mayor Richard Berry will speak.
Firefighters will also hold their annual stair climb this morning. They'll climb 110 floors in the Bank of Albuquerque to honor the 343 firefighters who died on that fateful day.
The active and retired firefighters with AFD will wear full bunker gear. This event is not open to the public.
In Rio Rancho, a ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. in the Vista Verde Memorial Park, located at 4310 Sara Road. More than a thousand American flags have been placed in the park for the ceremony. The event starts with a barbeque.
The Otero County Fire Fighters Association will also have a memorial ceremony today with a parade that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the county fairgrounds. The parade is followed by a slide show and formal program at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.
The featured guest speaker worked for the New York Fire Department during the attacks. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Later tonight, a candlelight vigil will be held in Old Town to honor and remember those who were killed 12 years ago. The vigil lasts from 8 p.m. until midnight.