Albuquerque Church honors 9/11 with two beams from the World Commerce Heart

The chapel bell in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Albuquerque’s Barelas district marks the moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Center that day 20 years ago.

In the church a sacred memorial for that devastating day when our world changed forever. Two steel girders that once supported the twin towers, Deacon Robert Vigil told it was a haunting memory never to be forgotten.

“It’s like it just happened yesterday, the emotions, they don’t go away. It’s something that was instilled in me, in many of us history has a way of doing it. Hard to believe that we’re 20 years later are here, but the story needs to be told, especially for those who were not born at this time, ”said Deacon Robert Vigil of Scared Heart Catholic Church.

The story of how the beams arrived in the church is remarkable. The pastor wrote to the Mayor of New York shortly after 9/11 – explaining that one of the church bells had recently been discovered on a property in the South Valley after decades of being lost and the Bare Las Congregation planning to build a new bell tower.

“Needless to say, the mayor replied, ‘We received a letter on a Monday morning that said I had read your letter and what a wonderful story. You will be the first church in America to have two bars in full size, but you have to choose. ” open until Saturday, ‘”Vigil said.

Vigil said a truck driver from New York volunteered to drive the bars across the country and take them to church for free. The congregation then got together and raised money for a new bell tower to house the beams.

He also invited everyone to visit church to touch the beams and reflect on all the lives lost 20 years ago today

“Every time I come in here and just look at these bars, I get goose bumps. I see this in both individuals and those who are working their way into this, and they look at these and see how twisted they are beams, but just a little piece of this tower and their emotions – they start to cry. Sometimes they just sit here and hold on, touch the beam, and then they kneel and they pray, ”Vigil said.

Vigil said the bars are now a symbol of the unity, the resilience that can come from such a terrible tragedy.

“But also hope. Hope in a spirit that we can continue to work together as we did on this day, even if it was a tragedy that we all just got together, put our differences aside and worked together for the good of all.”

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