Never Forget. The Nation marks the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly three-thousand innocent souls.  Arizona will be commemorating the day with several special events to honor the fallen.  

“9-11 Healing Fields” is the nation’s longest, consecutive-running 9-11, 2001 tribute event.  One American flag is flown for every person killed in the terrorist attack. The public is welcome to attend a walk of remembrance through the flags at Tempe Beach Park.  Opens at 6 a.m., Friday and remains open through Sunday when a memorial service begins at 5:46 a.m. on 9-11.  The following is all events for the 9-11 Healing Fields: 

  • 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 a.m. – Memorial Reading of Victims’ Names
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Vigil 
The City of Phoenix Memorial Ceremony: A 9-11 Memorial begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday at City Hall Atrium. Ceremony includes posting of an American flag that flew over Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center.  Phoenix Mayor Greg Station will join Fire and Police Honor Guards and Pipe and Drum Corps as they play and perform the moving Bell Ceremony.
Arizona has a 9-11 Memorial in Phoenix at Wesley Bolin Plaza, across from the State Capitol open everyday of the year.


9/11 Memorial Ceremony at GilbertTown Hall begins at 7 p.m., Sunday. The program will include a joint police and fire honor Guard presentation of colors. And the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department Pipe and Drum band will perform.  Two search lights will create a lighted memorial in the sky from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Kris Dugan