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5 Fun Facts About September 11 In New Mexico History

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1. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 had a significant impact on New Mexico's economy. The state's military bases, such as Kirtland Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range, saw an increase in security measures and activity. Additionally, the state's tourism industry was affected as travelers were hesitant to fly or visit in the aftermath of the attacks.

2. New Mexico played a role in the aftermath of the attacks as well. The state's National Guard and emergency responders were sent to New York City to assist with rescue and recovery efforts. The city of Albuquerque also held a memorial service at a local park to honor the victims and first responders.

3. A memorial sculpture was erected in Santa Fe to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11. The sculpture, called "Green Tree Memorial," features three bronze tree trunks with steel leaves inscribed with the names of the fallen firefighters.

4. Some New Mexicans were directly affected by the attacks. A passenger on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, was a former Santa Fe resident named Garnet "Ace" Bailey.

5. In the years following the attacks, New Mexicans have commemorated the anniversary in various ways. The city of Moriarty held a "9/11 Memorial Bike Run" to raise funds for local firefighters, while the University of New Mexico's ROTC program held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. In recent years, many communities have started to hold annual "9/11 Stair Climbs," where participants climb stairs to honor the first responders who lost their lives in the Twin Towers.
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