ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) - It is a day of remembrance across the country and here at home.
September 11th is one of the nation's saddest anniversaries and a chance to remember and honor those who lost their lives 12 years ago Wednesday.
A long list of 9/11 events are happening Wednesday in New Mexico.
Wednesday morning started out with a solemn ringing of the bells at Sacred Heart Catholic Church near downtown, a place that has a special connection to the tragedies from 9/11.
Two steel beams from one of the world trade center towers now make up the bell tower at the local church.
The bells in the tower started ringing at 6:46 a.m. to coincide with each crash of the four planes that were taken down by terrorists on September 11th, 2001.
Albuquerque firefighters were the next to show their tribute to the victims and their fallen brothers from that day by climbing the stairs of the Bank of Albuquerque building.
Firefighters in full gear climbed up and down the stairs of the 22-story building five times to simulate the full climb that firefighters made in the World Trade Center towers that day.
“9/11 has become a big tradition in fire service, not only here in Albuquerque but across the country and around the world,” Chuck Cogburn said.
The city of Albuquerque is remembering 9/11 with a ceremony at civic plaza.
Members from Albuquerque police and fire as well as the mayor and a city councilor are all paying tribute to first responders.
There will also be a special tribute in Rio Rancho Wednesday night to mark the anniversary of 9/11.
It will be held at Vista Verde Memorial Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Also, there will be 2,298 flags at the park, one for each person who died.
There is also a large bronze plaque in the park that honors the three cities attacked on 9/11 and two structures representing each of the twin towers.
This memorial started in 2008 as a way to honor to those who died and those who continue to protect us.
“We want people to feel included and have them feel they have many ways to express the way they feel and the way they want to honor and remember that day," funeral director, Joan Stasi, said.
Wednesday night’s memorial service is being put together by Daniels Funeral Home. It starts at 6 p.m.
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