Most of us can remember with vivid recall where we were ten years ago when we first heard of the unprecedented attacks on our nation on September 11. And as commemorative ceremonies – both public and private – take place across the nation, we at APPCityLife honor the memory of the lives lost both in the attacks and in the fearless, heroic efforts to save others.
Here are some of the local events commemorating 9/11 here in Albuquerque:
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run
8 AM, Downtown Albuquerque; begins on Civic Plaza. Online registration ($25) available. Coordinated by Blue Star Mothers along with the City of Albuquerque
Albuquerque, along with other cities throughout the nation, will host the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers run in a show of solidarity and to honor first responders and military personnel who risk their lives to protect public safety and freedom. The run is named in honor of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life in the twin towers on September 11, 2001.
He had just finished his shift that day when he heard the towers were hit. He immediately returned to Squad 1 to get his gear and attempted to drive his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but found that it was already closed to traffic. Rather than turn back, he traveled by foot with 60 pounds of gear on his back and ran through the tunnel hoping to meet up with his squad. The run mimics the length of the path that Firefighter Siller had to take to get to the towers.
Annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
10 AM, Civic Plaza, Downtown Albuquerque
Following the Tunnel to Towers 5K, the city of Albuquerque will once again hold their annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Civic Plaza at 10 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to once again pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, or as a result of the tragic events of that day.
“With the ten year anniversary of 9-11 approaching, the city of Albuquerque plans to pay special tribute to the fallen. Through the Tunnel to Towers run and the annual ceremony, we will honor the extraordinary sacrifices of our first responders, military personnel and all who perished in the attacks on 9-11,” says Mayor Berry.
The 9th Annual AFD Firefighter Stair Climb
Around 9:30 AM – the time that the second tower in New York City was hit – firefighters decked in full bunker gear will climb 110 stories (the same height as the Twin Towers) at the Bank of Albuquerque building in memory of the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on September 11.