By QCS staff

A special ceremony, Honor and Remembrance, recognizing those who died five years ago in the terrorist attacks was held Monday morning in the courtyard of the Tucumcari Police Station.

An American flag was presented to Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham and a plaque that will be installed at the base of the flagpole, by representatives of Woodmen of the World Lodge #182. The flag and the New Mexico state flag were raised to half-mast in memory of those who died on 9/11.

The ceremony also recognized those among the Tucumcari community who are local heroes, such the police officers and firefighters, in the work they do daily.

Thelma Jo Riddle of Woodmen of the World and Jeannette Maddaford of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the “Honor and Remembrance” ceremony. Tucumcari City Commissioner Jim Witcher gave the invocation, Mayor Mary Mayfield spoke briefly to the assembled group and rancher Glen Briscoe sang God Bless America.

The plaque that will be installed at the flagpole reads: “In Honor and Remembrance of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001 and to celebrate the enduring spirit of all Americans. Presented by members of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.”