Alamogordo remembers Sept. 11 attacks with memorial, stair climb at space museum
The United We Stand Committee, Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and the Alamogordo Fire Department are hosting several events Wednesday in commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The Alamogordo Fire Department is sponsoring a second annual 9/11 Stair Climb at the New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) Wednesday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the climb begins at 8:46 a.m.
These free events include a parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Indian Wells Road and Juniper Drive and will end at the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo Science Center parking lot.
After the parade, events continue at NMMSH with hot dogs provided by Albertson's Market and free bottles of water donated by local businesses in the upper parking lot.
An educational program detailing the events of Sept. 11 begins at 6 p.m.and the annual memorial ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.
The memorial ceremony will be in the NMMSH upper parking lot, and willl begin with a slideshow honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, including the 343 firefighters, 65 police officers, two paramedics and more that 2,000 civilians.
The guest speaker at the memorial will be Alamogordo Police Chief Brian Peete.
A presentation made to High Rolls Elementary School by Archie Koenemund, a retired New York City Fire Department Deputy Chief Inspector who acted as an escort for a group of New Mexicans who visited New York City in November 2001.
Koenemund was given an American flag made with High Rolls Elementary students' hand prints, and will be giving the flag back to the school at the memorial.
All 9/11 events are free to the public.
For more information about the United We Stand 9/11 events contact Michelle Gill at the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-437-6120.
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