Community ceremonies commemorating 9/11

Sharna Johnson

With the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil three days away, area organizations and residents are finding ways to remember.

Ongoing through Sunday evening, 9/11 memorial events will begin today with a 7:30 a.m. ceremony at J.P. Stone Community Bank in Portales and a 9 a.m. ceremony at Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel in Clovis recognizing Clovis police and first responders.

Bella Vista Principal Shelly Norris said her students have also prepared a special tribute to 9/11 which will take place at the school at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday marks the anniversary of the hijacking of four American passenger planes were used to attack the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon.

Timed to coincide with the moment of the first attack on Sunday morning at 6:46 a.m., Cannon Air Force Base will begin a ceremony by lowering the flag at base headquarters.

The flag will be retired and added to a memorial display consisting of steel from the World Trade Center, which will be unveiled during the event.

Clovis resident Dorothy Nelson said her church, the Word of God Lutheran Church in Clovis, has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. Nondenominational Praise and Prayer Service to commemorate 9/11.

Nelson said the service will include patriotic and inspiring music with prayers for American service personnel.

She said an offering is also being taken for the national Faith Comes By Hearing campaign, which seeks to provide military members with “Biblesticks,” or MP3 players containing audio files of the New Testament.

A community choir concert will close out the evening Sunday with a commemorative, patriotic music presentation at Marshall Middle School.