This weekend is another reminder that the Plaza remains the heart and soul of Santa Fe civic life, as it has been for four centuries.
During Fiestas the entire community is welcome to celebrate the City's deeply rooted Spanish heritage. There's not another city in America that upholds such a rich, enduring cultural tradition in such an authentic way. Because of the pandemic, there may be less pageantry than usual, but the spirit of unity and communal reverence is sure to be present just the same.
That's partly because the Fiesta Council is graciously sharing the sacred space tomorrow morning for the Fire Department's commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There will be a procession from Fire Station 1 to the Plaza at 9 a.m. and everyone is encouraged to join there by 9:15 for a remembrance ceremony that will include bagpipes, a memorial stair-climb by members of SFFD, and the dedication of 343 roses in honor of the 343 Firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We will always remember 9/11 as a day of national tragedy. We will always honor the memories of those who lost their lives that day. We will always give our thanks to those who ran toward the danger and risked or lost their lives helping others that day. On this anniversary, we keep all of those courageous individuals and their families in a special place in our nation’s hall of heroes. We will never forget.