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Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park will not be put up this year due to COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 19:06:47-04

TEMPE, AZ — The Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park, a yearly display that is put up to honor and remember those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and features nearly 3,000 American flags, will not be put up this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, a virtual tribute will be held on the Healing Field's Facebook page starting at 5:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, which coincides with when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.

"While the flags will not stand at Tempe Beach Park this year, we will be sharing photos, videos and memories on this page throughout the day on September 11th," the Exchange Club of Tempe said in an Aug. 28 Facebook post.

The City of Tempe sent out a news release about the event change on Wednesday.

"We thank our dedicated team, our volunteers and the sponsors who make the Healing Field possible each year. Collectively, we are all dedicated to honor the lives lost on September 11th, 2001 and we are looking forward to bringing this event back to Tempe Beach Park next year," the post said.