10th Annual 9/11 Commemoration in Alamogordo

Alamogordo, NM (2 September 2011) The Otero County Fire Fighters Association will host the 10th annual Memorial Ceremony for 9/11 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The ceremony will begin with a slide show at 7:30 pm and the formal program will start at 8 pm. The ceremony is free to the public.

The program will include a fire and police turnout ceremony, candle lighting and the symbolic lighted display of the twin towers on the Museum building. The Holloman Honor Guard will present flags for the fire and police officers who have died in the line of duty in Otero County. The Desert Harmony Singers from Las Cruces will provide music, and area-resident William Meacher will play the bagpipes.

The guest speaker is retired detective, Lieutenant Robert Brady from the New York Police Department (NYPD). Lieutenant Brady responded to the World Trade Center as the second plane impacted. He was later buried in the debris when the North Tower collapsed. Lieutenant Brady served 20 years with NYPD; he spent 18 of those years in their elite Emergency Services Unit (ESU). During his time with the NYPD ESU, Lt. Brady also responded to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The lives of fourteen officers from Lt. Brady’s unit were lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The public is invited to join in this solemn affair to commemorate the events on this day in 2001 when America and its freedom were attacked on our home soil and so many heroes – fire, police and civilian alike – came together to save tens of thousands of lives.

In honor of the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the Museum will remain open late, from 5 to 7:30 pm, with free admission to the public. Public parking will be provided in the lot just above the IMAX Theater.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (575) 437-2840 or toll free (877) 333-6589, or visit the website at http://www.nmspacemuseum.org.