September 11 memorials, ceremonies around Phoenix: events planned in Tempe, Gilbert, Scottsdale

Never Forget: Six 9-11 memorials around Phoenix
Posted at 1:42 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 17:34:34-04

Sunday marks fifteen years since September 11, 2001, a day where coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, took the lives of nearly 3,000 people.

It was a day that shook the nation -- and still does today.

Communities across the Valley have planned memorials and remembrances to honor those who lost their lives on that day.

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Tempe Beach Park will be transformed into its annual Healing Field, where 3,000 flags will fill the park's grass area. Each flag pole with bear an American flag, a name and brief biography of someone who perished in the attacks. 

Boots will be placed near the flags of known veterans; blue ribbons represent flight crew members, and yellow ribbons will honor first responders.

There will be a memorial concert on Friday, which will start at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be a memorial ceremony at 5:46 a.m. The names of each person killed in the attack will be read at 7 a.m. A candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m.


Gilbert's police and fire departments will hold a 30-minute ceremony on Sunday evening at the 9-11 Memorial at the Town Hall.

The ceremony will start at 7 p.m. and will include an Honor Guard presentation of the colors, Gilbert's Fire and Rescue Department's Pipe and Drum Band and statements from city leaders. A lighted display will be visible from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Learn more about Gilbert's 9-11 Memorial.

The Town Hall is located at 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert AZ 85296.


A 9-11 Memorial Tribute has been set up at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The free memorial will be available Sept. 7 - 13.

There is a three-story National Unity Flag in the atrium, along with photos and videos, and artifacts from retired New York firefighters and police officers.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be a reading-of-the-names ceremony. That begins at 2 p.m. A candlelight vigil will take place at 5 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater. View further event details here.

The center is located at 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251.


The Goodyear fire and police departments and the United Goodyear Firefighters L4005 will have a 9-11 Memorial ceremony and a pancake breakfast on Sept. 11. The community is invited to attend. There will be a traditional flag raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service and pancake breakfast.

It will be held at Goodyear Fire Station 183, 3075 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395.


The City of Phoenix and Phoenix Fire Department will hold their annual 9-11 memorial ceremony on Friday at 9 a.m. inside City Hall. City leaders will speak, including Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner and Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner and Councilman Michael Nowakowski. The Honor Guards will perform "Amazing Grace" and a bell ceremony.

Military Order of the World Wars Phoenix Chapter - 52nd annual Massing of the Colors

The Phoenix Chapter of MOWW will present its Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrances at Carl Hayden Community High School on Sunday. Phoenix Union High School and JROTC Detachment of Carl Hayden will also be a part of the ceremony.

The 108th Army Band AZ National Guard will perform a concert at 2 p.m. followed by the Massing of the Colors ceremony. The event will end at 3:30 p.m.

9-11 tribute and dedication cross ceremony via North Valley Community Church

North Valley Community Church will be installing a replica of the cross that was displayed at ground zero in New York City. They will also host a special 9-11 service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

North Valley Community Church services are held at the Harkins Theatre at 2550 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix AZ 85085.


On Friday, Sept. 9, volunteers will be painting the Disabled American Veterans building in Mesa. To volunteer, contact Laura Rodriguez has 480-644-3029.


Peoria does not have a community-wide event planned. However, members of the Peoria police and fire departments will be attending a few events at schools on Friday.


Phoenix Police Museum - inside the Phoenix Police Museum, which is located across from the Maricopa County courthouse, is a memorial to the first responders lost during the 9-11 attacks. There is an I-beam on display, as well as a large display case with patches and items from NYPD and NYFD.

Chandler Fire Department: At the Chandler Fire Department Administration building there is a 417-pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center, as well as information and displays regarding the events of that day.

Arizona 9-11 memorial: Located at Phoenix's Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza sits a circular memorial dedicated to those lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001.