Across the nation, we will soon take time to remember the horrific terrorist attacks that took place fifteen years ago, on 9-11-01. As a proud American and a veteran’s wife –read about my husband’s 9-11 experience here – I will certainly spend time on Patriot’s Day, September 11, honoring the lives we lost as well as the first responders who became heroes on that historic day.
If you’re a Phoenician looking to attend a memorial event, you have many options. Below are some of the events taking place around the Phoenix area.
Casa Grande: A Night of Remembrance
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Grande Peart Park, 350 E. 6th Street
What: A candlelight ceremony sponsored by the Casa Grande Youth Commission.
Find more details at casagrandeaz.gov/residents/special-events/
Gilbert 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Gilbert Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive
What: A formal ceremony with Gilbert Fire & Rescue and Gilbert Police Department Honor Guards. Pipes and Drums will play. Speakers will include Fire Chief Jim Jobusch, Police Chief Tim Dorn and Mayor Jenn Daniels. Two search lights will create a lighted memorial in the sky from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Find more details at www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue
Phoenix City of Phoenix Memorial Ceremony
When: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Where: Phoenix City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington Street
What: The city of Phoenix will honor the fallen on 9-11.
Find more details at archive.org/details/City_of_Phoenix_Employee_Memorial_Ceremony_-_2016
Phoenix: 52nd Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Day
When: September 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Where: Carl Hayden Community High School, 3333 West Roosevelt Street
What: The Phoenix Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars will conduct its 52nd Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance on 9/11 2016. The Chapter presents this along with the Phoenix Union High School District and JROTC Detachment of the Carl Hayden Community HS. The activities start with the 108th Army Band AZ Army National Guard performing a concert at 2 p.m. Immediately following their concert the ceremony will be conducted and will be completed by 3:30 p.m. It will also include a POW MIA Ceremony by the Patriot Youth Corps.
Find more details by calling 480-595-8089 or 480-940-4080
Scottsdale 9/11 Memorial Tribute
When: Sept. 7-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street
What: The exhibition features the three-story National Unity Flag, photos and video from 9/11, memorabilia from retired FDNY and NYPD, and supersized props of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and large metal flag made of steel, brass and polycarbonate. These specially-built models will display a memorial card of every individual who lost their life on Sept. 11 in the attacks. A special installation of a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers will take place at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 7, in the atrium. The steel will be escorted from Harley Davidson of Scottsdale to the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts by the Phoenix Wounded Vet Run. The piece of steel also will be on display from Sept. 2-6 at the Harley Davidson store, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.
There will be a special ceremony on Sept. 11. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives will begin at 4 p.m. in the atrium. The 9/11 Remembrance ceremony and candlelight vigil begins at 5 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater. The ceremony will feature a panel of first responders who were in New York City during and after the towers fell. Also scheduled to speak is Luis Gonzales, retired Arizona Diamondbacks player, who will share his thoughts about winning the World Series during that tumultuous time. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the National 9/11 Day “I Will” campaign that inspires each person to think of a good deed in honor of 9/11. “I Will” pledge cards will be available to fill out during the week and the ceremony.
Find more details at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/news/911-memorial-tribute-marks-15th-anniversary_s4_p24367
Tempe 9/11 Healing Field
When: September 9 - 11, 2016
Where: Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park, 54 W Rio Salado Parkway
What: The City of Tempe hosts the Annual Healing Field display which posts three thousand U.S. flags that pay tribute to those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Healing Field is the nation’s longest, consecutive-running Sept. 11, 2001 tribute event, where one American flag is flown for every person who died as a result of the terrorist attacks on our nation. There will be a walk of remembrance through the memorial, open Sept. 10 - 13 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.
- Friday, Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m. - Freedom Concert
- Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:46 a.m. - Memorial Ceremony
- Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Candlelight Vigil
Find more details at www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/recreation-services/healing-field