Barelas church with ties to World Trade Center remembers 9/11 in ceremony

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An annual tradition of bell ringing at one Barelas Church is set to take place Tuesday.

Three chimes will resonate throughout downtown Albuquerque Tuesday morning to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The bell will toll three times at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church to represent the two planes that struck the Twin Towers and the one that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11.

Below the bell tower inside of the chapel sits two of the steel beams pulled from the wreckage of the Twin Towers after 9/11.

The beams came from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center and are now surrounded by other memorabilia, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Church members say the beams serve as a quiet reminder that out of dust and ashes there is a rebirth in determination and faith.

“We believe in death and resurrection. At that point in time, our community was struggling. It resurrected our community, it gave us a tie with New York City, a small community such as ours in Barelas,” said Deacon Robert Vigil.

The church will be open all day to the public starting at 6:46 a.m. when the first tower was struck.

A prayer service will also be held at 5 p.m. 

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