Fallen Heroes 9/11 Memorial Returns Saturday

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September 9, 2021

2nd Annual Memorial Honors Service and Sacrifice of First Responders

Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Fire Department presents the 2nd annual Fallen Heroes 9/11 Memorial this Saturday, Sept. 11. at BernCo @ Alvarado Square, 415 Silver Ave SW, Albuquerque. BernCo honor guards will stand silent watch over 343 sets of firefighter bunker gear for a total of 343 minutes in remembrance of the 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers who lost their lives while answering the call for service.  

 “It’s been 20 years. Yet the devotion to duty and courage demonstrated by the heroes who arrived on scene to pandemonium and went running into the World Trade Center continues to inspire us as if it was yesterday,” says Bernalillo County Fire Chief Greg Perez. “This is our second year doing a silent memorial which focuses on the firefighters and law enforcement officers and provides a way for widespread public participation both in person and online.”

The 9/11 Memorial will take place in front of Bernalillo County’s new administrative headquarters on Silver Avenue and will begin promptly at 6:46 a.m., the local time at which the first plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center and NYC emergency dispatchers sent police, paramedics and firefighters. Ceremonial procedures will be conducted throughout the memorial marking the second plane impact into the south tower (7:03 a.m.), the Pentagon impact (7:37 a.m.), collapse of the south tower (7:59 a.m.), the crash of flight 93 in Pennsylvania after passengers foiled hijackers on the way to Washington D.C. (8:03 a.m.), the collapse of the north tower (8:28 a.m.) and at 343 minutes from the start of the memorial marking the end of the ceremony (12:29 p.m.) BCFD firefighters will also strike the four-fives on a ceremonial bell on the hour starting at 9 a.m. following the laying of wreaths.

Silver Avenue will remain open so viewers may drive by the memorial between Fourth and Fifth streets. Pedestrians may pay respects in person. Chaplains will be present. The memorial will also be streamed live on the Bernalillo County Fire Department Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BerncoFD).

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.        

New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities

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 July 2021 Online & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY www.albuqhistsoc.org
& THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NM www.hsnm.org
Encourage your participation in the following on-line history & cultural events:

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY July 18, 2 pm, Facebook Live.  Building Community and Culture: Jews in 20th Century Albuquerque by Harvey Buchalter. Go to the website, albuqhistsoc.org then link to the Facebook page.

New Mexico Historic Sites and Museums are open. Check individual websites for hours, open dates, etc.  nmhistoricsites.org. There are also programs on their YouTube channel. 

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW has reopened. Times are Monday-Thursday, 9am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or info@wheelsmuseum.org.

FUNDRAISER FOR THE NM HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & GELLERT CENTER FOR EDUCATION, Silent auction begins July 15. Go to their website for more info, nmHolocaustMuseum.org or call 247-0606. 616 Central SW.nmholocaustmuseum.org.


JULY 7-11 and again July 14-18, $30. International Folk Art market on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

​JULY 8, 1 pm, virtual, free. Museum of Las Cruces presents The Pueblo Revolt with the Pueblo Action Alliance. Go to las-cruces.org/1523/museums. Also htpps:rebrand.ly/PuebloRevolt. 575-541-2217. Contact Kayla Myers for link and more information. kmyers@las-cruces.org, 575-541-2154

JULY 8/9, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in July, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at nhccnm.org.

JULY 9, 1 pm, Zoom. Colcha Embroidery. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 9 and other Fridays, 4:30-7:30 pm, free. La Familia Growers Market, 100 Isleta SW @ Bridge Blvd. Includes arts and crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, music, heritage workshops. Sponsored by the South Valley Main Street. Contact Biana Encinias @ 400-3635 for more info or southvalleymainstreeet@gmail.com.

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Second Annual Trunk or Treat Goes Contactless This Year

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The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat at Balloon Fiesta Park – this year as a drive-through event with COVID-safe practices in place. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Kids and families are encouraged to wear their coolest costumes. Cars will drive from booth to booth for no-contact treat delivery from booths along the route. All participants must remain in their car, wear face coverings, and comply with all requirements of the current Public Health Order. To learn more, visit: http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/events/2020-drive-through-trunk-or-treat