For those who'd like to share in community events denoting the 10th anniversary of the tragic events that occurred 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, there are two public events slated for Sunday.
At 3 p.m. in the Cleveland High Concert Hall, "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" features a 150-voice choir, a combination of adult volunteer singers as well as the choirs of Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Moriarty high schools and others, along with other selected works.
The performance is part of the "Global Sing for Peace," an effort uniting choral ensembles around the world through performances of The Armed Man.
Artistic Director Matthew Greer will conduct the festival chorus and professional orchestra. Admission is free, though a free-will offering on behalf of the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System will be collected.
At 6:30 p.m. at Vista Verde Memorial Park, music, meditation and a moment of silence will be featured, "to remember those who lost their life that day and to honor all public servants who watch over us every day."
In order, the ceremony includes the posting of the colors; the playing of the National Anthem, opening remarks by Kevin Daniels of Daniels Family Funeral Services and the invocation by Chaplain Matt Caward of the Bernalillo County Fire Department.
That will be followed by the release of 40 doves - part of an international event in which 6,000 doves are released in memory of 9/11 victims; the playing of "America the Beautiful"; meditation by Rob-ert Hall, lead chaplain for the Rio Rancho Police Department and the placement of concrete and steel from Ground Zero.
That will be followed by a moment of silence; the "Final Alarm" ceremony; the lighting of lanterns and candles; "Amazing Grace" performed on bagpipes and drums; the benediction by Brianne Dennison, chaplain commander for the Albuquerque Police Department; the playing of "Taps;" and the retiring of the colors.
There is no charge for admission.
Vista Verde is on Meadowlark Lane, just east of its intersection with Sara Road.