Big Bend Sector to host 9/11 commemorative event

U.S. Border Patrol Piper.

MARFA The United States Border Patrol’s Big Bend Sector will host a commemoration ceremony of the tragic events of 9/11 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the 9/11 Memorial site, located in front of the Alpine Border Patrol Station at 3003 W. Highway 90 Alpine, TX.

The memorial site includes a twisted beam from the World Trade Center. In August-2011, Border Patrol agents from the Alpine Station drove to New York City to obtain the beam, which was donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Off-duty agents and employees of the Big Bend Sector constructed the memorial site that was dedicated in a public ceremony on September 11, 2011.

The guest speaker for this year’s memorial ceremony is Keith Byers, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Criminal Branch of the FBI’s El Paso Field Office.

The “Honors” portion of the ceremony will be performed by the United States Border Patrol Honor Guard. This year’s team will include a piper performing Amazing Grace.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Big Bend SectorBorder Patrol agents operate four Immigration Checkpoints and patrol 510 miles of the southwest border between Sierra Blanca and Sanderson, Texas.