PATRIOT DAY

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

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On Sept. 11, both the Las Cruces Fire Department and New Mexico State University held remembrance events for those who died 19 years ago in New York City on that date.

At Las Cruces Fire Station #1 on Picacho Avenue, the fire department honor guard marched guard from 8:30 a.m. to close to noon. They performed a bell ceremony at 9:03 a.m. The ceremony ends with the words, “And so, to those who have selflessly given their lives for the good of their fellow man. Their tasks completed; their duties well done. To our comrades, their last alarm, they’re going home.”

On the north side of Aggie Pride Field at the Horseshoe on the NMSU campus, the ROTC, Honor Guard and Army Canon Crew gathered, masked and distanced, to honor the victims of the 9/11/2010 terror attack on the World Trade Center.

The cannon was fired five times: at 9:03 for Flight 175; at 9:37 a.m. for Flight 77 which struck the Pentagon; at 9:59 a.m. for the fall of the South Tower; at 10:03 a.m. for Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and at 10:28 a.m. for the fall of the North Tower.