Although health precautions continue to limit social gatherings, firefighters with the Elephant Butte Volunteer Fire Department did not want the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks to pass without honoring the firefighters and first responders who gave their lives in answering the call of duty on that day.

Elephant Butte Fire department members and community supporters assembled 343 floating (and environmentally friendly) lanterns, which were launched onto the waters of Elephant Butte Lake in honor of each firefighter lost during the horrible events of September 11, 2001.

The impromptu memorial event did not include any formal gatherings or statements. However, the evening’s stillness, and the lanterns floating into darkness upon the water, no doubt provided moving moments for all who were able to view the event.

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