Remembering 9/11


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America changed irrevocably on September 11, 2001 when terrorism struck in New York, Washington D.C and Pennsylvania. Those of us who lived through that day will never forget it.  Then Overnight Air Talent Mike Flatt went into the production studio the night after 9-11 and put together this montage of news sound bites and song. He did it on his own merit to release the frustrations of the day’s tragedy.

There are permanent September 11th memorials in Phoenix, Gilbert and Chandler that you can visit all year long.  Each year people around the country set aside time to remember those who died on that horrific day.



9-11 Healing Field

Date: September 10 – 13, 2014 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park

More Information: Online

The Exchange Club of Tempe and the City of Tempe team up to host the Annual Healing Field display which posts three thousand U.S. flags. These 3 x 5 flags will stand 8 feet tall in perfect rows in an awe-inspiring display and 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.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. there will be a community Freedom Concert featuring patriotic music.

On Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:46 a.m. (the time that the first plane struck the World Trade Center) there will be a memorial ceremony including a presentation of colors, music, prayer and the reading of the names of the first responders who gave their lives. At 7 p.m. on that same day there will be a candlelight vigil to remember the anniversary with music, prayer and former Fire Chief Cliff Jones will make key-note remarks.

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Tempe Beach Park as follows:

Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To make an appointment, visit them online and use the search term “Exchange Tempe,” or call 520-230-7295. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Casa Grande

Event: A Night of Remembrance

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m., candlelight ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Casa Grande Peart Park, 350 E. 6th Street

More Information: online

Singing performances by students and a guest speaker. The event is sponsored by the Casa Grande Youth Commission.


The City of Chandler has a 9-11 Memorial that you can visit every day of the year. Chandler Fire Department Headquarters, 151 E. Boston Street, Chandler, AZ The 9-11 Memorial is in a protected spot near Fire Station windows and visible to the road, visitors and passers-by.


Event: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time: 6 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Gilbert Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert

More Information: Gilbert Fire Department

The Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department, along with the Gilbert Police Department, invites the community to join in remembering and honoring those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The program will include a joint Police and Fire Honor Guard presentation of colors, the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department Pipe and Drum band, as well as remarks from Mayor John Lewis and Fire Chief Jim Jobusch. The Town of Gilbert has a 9-11 Memorial that you can visit every day of the year.


Event: 9/11 Memorial Pancake Breakfast

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Goodyear Fire Station, 3075 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear

More Information: City of Goodyear

A flag raising ceremony will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by a short memorial service. A pancake breakfast will be served immediately following the memorial service by Goodyear Firefighters and donations will be accepted. All donations will go to the United Goodyear Firefighters Charities. This event will also feature: apparatus displays, public safety demonstrations, t-shirt sales, kids area, and raffle.


Event: 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time: 7 a.m. to noon

Where: Various

More Information: City of Mesa

The City of Mesa, along with community partners, will be supporting veterans living in Mesa with the maintenance of their homes starting on 9/11. These residents are in need of assistance due to limited financial resources and/or physical limitations and disabilities. All volunteers must preregister.


Event: City of Phoenix Memorial Ceremony

Date: September 11, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Where: City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington, Phoenix

More Information: Phoenix Fire Department

Ceremony includes the posting of an American flag that flew over Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center in September of 2001. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Chairman of the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, will speak along with Police Chief Daniel Garcia and Acting Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner. The Mayor and City Council members will join Fire and Police Honor Guards and Pipe and Drum Corps as they play and perform the moving Bell Ceremony.

Event: Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Day

Date: September 14, 2014

Time: 2 p.m.

Where: Carl Hayden Community High School, 3333 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

More Information: Call 480-595-8089

The Phoenix Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars will conduct its 50th Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance. 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. The Governor has been invited to read her Proclamation and speak to the Audience; however it has not been confirmed. Color Guards interested in participating should call 480-595-8089 if you want to be on the program. Families of all participants, members of the community, veterans and civic organizations with or without colors, First Responders, etc. who want to demonstrate their respect for our Flag and our Country, our Veterans and our First Responders may participate and attend. The State of Arizona has a 9-11 Memorial in Phoenix at Wesley Bolin Plaza, across from the State Capitol. You can visit every day of the year.