It's been eight years since 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people. At least a dozen Valley events are planned to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the people who since have fought for the United States to prevent further attacks.
It's been eight years since 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people.
At least a dozen Valley events are planned this week to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the people who since have fought for the United States to prevent further attacks.
Dedications, fundraisers, flag displays, ceremonies, rallies, candlelight vigils, walks and runs are planned to remember those who died in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., a field near Shanksville, Pa., and in the continuing war against terrorists.
• Memorial Plaza dedication, 9 a.m. Friday, between current and new Chandler Fire Department headquarters, 151 E. Boston St.
The Chandler Fire Department is dedicating a $145,000 memorial plaza honoring firefighters and police officers lost in the line of duty. Guest speakers include Chandler Vice Mayor Bob Caccamo, Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler, Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark and memorial artists Jesus and Adam Romo.
Information: (480) 782-2136.
• Gilbert 9/11 Memorial Service, 8 a.m. Friday, Public Safety Complex, 85 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert.
Residents are invited to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who emerged following Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial will include a flag raising and words by Fire Chief Collin DeWitt.
• Motorcycles on Main ... and More, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Downtown Mesa, on Main Street between Country Club Drive and Center Street.
A special 9/11 remembrance and patriotic theme for the regular Second Friday event. All bikers invited. Festivities will include shopping, dining, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Flags will line Main Street, from Center to Morris streets.
Information: (480) 890-2613 and www.downtownmesa.com.
• 9/11 Never Forget Project, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Mesa Community College central courtyard, 1833 W. Southern Ave.
There will be 3,000 flags displayed, with each flag representing a death from 9/11. It's a remembrance of how many people died on that day, and have died because of that event. At 9:11 a.m. Friday there will be a moment of silence. Throughout the week, anyone can sponsor a flag for $1 with proceeds going to Families for Freedom, a scholarship fund to children whose parents were victims in the attacks. To sponsor a flag, visit the table outside the clock tower through Friday.
Information: (480) 720-2162.
• Town of Queen Creek Sept. 11 Patriot Day ceremony, 9 a.m. Friday, Queen Creek Library, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road.
The Duane Ellsworth Post 129 of the American Legion is partnering with Queen Creek to host the Patriot Day ceremony. It will include a color guard and flag ceremony, singing of the national anthem, memorial prayers, a laying of memorial wreaths, ringing of bells, and remarks by local American Legion representatives, elected officials and others.
• Arizona 9/11 Remembrance & National Day of Service Event, Thursday to Sunday, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
At 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, ceremonies will feature keynote speakers, city and state dignitaries, and patriotic music.
At 8 a.m. Saturday, Hangar Prosthetics and Orthotics will host a free 5K Amp walk designed to raise community awareness and support amputees nationwide, and United Blood Services will hold an on-site mobile blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: (480) 330-0427 and www.unitedbloodservices.org.
A 9/11 Memorial Wall with 2,996 full-color, 4-by-6-inch memorial cards, with biographical information and a photograph of each of the fallen victims, will be located in front of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Inside the atrium, the National Unity Flag, standing nearly three stories high and signed by the entire U.S. Senate in 2002, will be on display, along with a special U.S. Flag Tribute providing a historical perspective of each of the 50 individual flags.
Local and national community service agencies have been invited to set up booths to provide the public with information on how to get involved in volunteerism.
• The sixth annual 9/11 Healing Field, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
A display of 3,000 U.S. flags, standing 8 feet tall, will fill the park in rows. Flags are available to sponsor.
Join community leaders, neighbors and friends for a touching walk through the flags and attend the annual program of speakers, memorial service and a candlelight vigil. The opening ceremony will begin at 5:40 a.m. Friday. The evening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. The program will include a speaker and patriotic singing and conclude with a candlelight vigil. Battery candles will be furnished. The Young Marines will display flag folding and conduct flag retirement ceremonies. The public is encouraged to bring their worn United States flags for proper disposal. United Blood Services will hold a blood drive: 7 a.m. to noon Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
• The fifth annual Remember 9/11 5K Run & Fun Walk, 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All America Way.
People with all abilities welcome. The event will also feature a kids dash. Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. Preregistration is $20, and day-of registration is $25. Active or retired military, police or fire personnel receive a $5 discount. Proceeds benefit the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. There will also be entertainment.
Information: (623) 362-8438 and www.arizonarunningeventsco.com.
• 9/11 Never Forget Project, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Arizona State University, main campus, Tempe.
ASU's College Republicans club members are setting up 2,793 flags across campus and mostly around the Memorial Union. The number of flags honors the number of people killed on 9/11.
• Texas Roadhouse restaurant fundraiser, 3:30 p.m. to close Thursday, Mesa restaurant at Stapley Road and U.S. 60, and Gilbert restaurants at Gilbert and Germann roads, and Power Road and the Santan Freeway section of Loop 202.
One-hundred percent of tips and donations from three East Valley Texas Roadhouse restaurants will benefit the East Valley Firefighter Charities Relief Fund. Firefighters from the group, which include Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Salt River and Florence, will exchange their fire helmets for a server's apron. The East Valley Firefighter Charities Relief Fund is used to help firefighters in need due to illness, injury or loss of life. This fund provides assistance to members and other public safety personnel in need throughout the state.
Information: (602) 206-3257.
• Freedom Walk, 6 p.m. Friday, Steele Indian School Park, Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Operation Homefront of Arizona will host its third annual Freedom Walk with special guest speakers, Treasurer Dean Martin, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Channel 3 weather forecaster Brittney Shipp, and Mike McAvoy of Phoenix, who lost his brother on Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. Entertainment will be provided by CTS Band, Comedian Brad Zinn, James Kolegraf, the Young Marine Drill Team and Sandra Harris.
The walk will be around the park. First 250 people to register online will receive a shirt.
Information: (480) 385-9600 and www.operationhomefront.net/arizona.
The eighth anniversary Motorcycle & Car Rally, 10 a.m. Thursday, Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix.
Rally begins and ends at the park. Free to participate. Join in the rally with your motorcycle and car on the Washington side of the park. Special parking for hot rods and motorcycles near the 9/11 memorial. This is the kickoff for the weekend's festivities.
Information: (623) 848-0031.
• The eighth anniversary 9/11 Tribute Ceremony, noon Friday, Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix.
The ceremony will honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. It will also pay tribute to the men and women of public safety and armed forces. A 9/11 display of more than 200 flags, artwork and World Trade Center artifacts will be at the park through 8 p.m. Sunday.