Daniels Family Funeral Services and Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho, N.M. honored 9/11 in three very unique events. The first event was held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:30 a.m. Volunteers from the community and Daniels Family Funeral Services came together to place 2998 US Flags in the Public Servants Garden at Vista Verde Memorial Park. The Public Servants garden is a special section of the memorial park dedicated to those who have served in Law Enforcement, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. The Public Servants Garden looks up to a very large 9/11 Memorial monument that consists of Twin Towers jutting out of a Pentagon. A large bronze memorial plaque honors the victims of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Somerset County, PA. An additional 2998 white dove flags were placed inside the Pentagon. The names of each life lost on 9/11 were handwritten by children from the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico and St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, NM. Members of the New Mexico Firefighters Pipes and Drums began the flag placement event by playing, “Amazing Grace.”
On Saturday, September 8, Garcia Mortuary, a member of Daniels Family Funeral Services, and ChoppHearse hosted a 9/11 Memorial Bike Run. The bike run traveled from Garcia Mortuary in Albuquerque, NM to Rio Rancho, NM. Over 100 motorcycle enthusiasts participated in the bike run. ChoppHearse is the only sidecar motorcycle hearse in New Mexico.
The 9/11 Memorial Service was held at dusk on September 11. Hundreds of people from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho came together to honor the memories of the lives lost on that horrific day. The Rio Rancho High School and Cleveland High School bands presented musical selections of patriotic flare. Members of the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo County and Sandoval County Fire Departments presented the “Last Alarm” bell ceremony that honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty. All public servants, retired or active, were called forward so that the crowd could show their appreciation. Brannon Porch, a firefighter and chaplain with the Bernalillo County Fire Department, as well as a member of the US Navy, was honored by New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Gorden Eden, who stated that, “Mr. Porch will be stepping out of his firefighting uniform and putting on his Navy uniform to continue to defend our nation.” Mr. Porch was deployed Friday, September 14. Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums surrounded the large 9/11 Memorial to play “Amazing Graze.” Many, many tears were shed.
Also, during the 9/11 Memorial Service Interim Chief James Maxon, Deputy Chief Jess Lewis, and Assistant Chief David Bervin, the command staff, of Sandoval County Fire Department presented Mrs. Connie Haynes-Tibbetts with the US Flag and a medallion case displaying the medals and patches that were worn by her husband, Chief Jon R. Tibbetts. Chief Tibbetts was tragically killed in the line of duty in July of this year. Chief Tibbetts was, also the guest speaker at the inaugural event of Daniels Family Funeral Services’ 9/11 Memorial Service. Chief Tibbetts is laid to rest in the Public Servants Garden. Two other officers who were killed in the line of duty are, also laid to rest in the Public Servants Garden: Sergeant Joseph Harris of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Dean Miera of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Harris was the first person to be laid to rest in the Public Servants Garden. Originally from New York, Sgt. Harris was instrumental in the planning of the 9/11 Memorial.
The 9/11 Memorial Events are annual events sponsored by Daniels Family Funeral Services, proud members of The Signature Group.
Posted Oct. 2