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Las Cruces Fire Department to commemorate 9/11


Las Cruces firefighters will recognize the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States with a commemorative bell ringing ceremony and memorial stair climb, the Las Cruces Fire Department said in a news release.

 Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, firefighters will hold silent watch at Fire Station 1, 201 W. Picacho Ave. Starting at 8:46 a.m., they will sound bells in commemoration of the first attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

 The bell ringing ceremony will commemorate each significant event from that day:

  • 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into North Tower.
  • 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into South Tower.
  • 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into Pentagon.
  • 9:59 a.m., collapse of South Tower.
  • 10:03 a.m., United Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pa.
  • 10:28 a.m., collapse of North Tower.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, firefighters will participate in a memorial stair climb at Electronic Caregiver Tower, 506 S. Main St. The memorial stair climb, while not necessarily closed to the public, will be held in a private building and in a stairwell that is not conducive to public viewing.

 Photos of both events will be posted at www.facebook.com/lascrucesfire.