9/11 Memorial Events around the Valley


Garden boxes filled soil at Mesa Urban Garden with soil.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

At 7 a.m., there will be a short program featuring Mayor Scott Smith, District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover and a message from Sgt. Drew Trojanowski, who led the MUG team before being sent to a mobilization training site to prepare for a deployment to Afghanistan.

At 8:46 a.m., work will temporarily stop at the garden for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11.



Tempe will honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks at its ninth annual Healing Field tribute at Tempe Beach Park. The public is invited to view the display of American flags representing each victim of that unforgettable day.

5:40 a.m. @ Tempe Beach Park
Presentation of colors, music, prayer and the reading of names of the first responders who gave    their lives. Ceremony will be held at 5:46 a.m., the same time the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

7 p.m. @ Tempe Beach Park
Candlelight Vigil



A 30 minute ceremony will begin at 8:40 a.m. at the Fire Department headquarters, 151 E. Boston Street. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Fire Chief Jeff Clark, and Police Chief Sherry Kiyler will all pay tribute to those affected by the 9/11 attacks. The City will also dedicate a memorial that includes a steel beam from the ruins of the World Trade Center.



Gilbert has a permanent memorial.  The memorial features an 8-foot steel girder beam that once held up the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  It was given to Gilbert Fire Chief Collin DeWitt on March 24, following his three-year quest to bring it home for a memorial.  DeWitt and Assistant Fire Chief Jim Jobusch drove to New York City to personally collect the beam, and then gave it an honorable ride home with the same respect paid to a fallen soldier. Find it at the southeast corner Gilbert & Warner roads.


Casa Grande: 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @  9:30 a.m.
Where: Phoenix City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix

Mayor Greg Stanton, City Manager David Cavazos, Fire Chief Bob Khan and Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia are scheduled to speak. They and City Council members will lay a wreath over a large Fire Department bell from the Hall of Flame. The bell is 4 feet by 4 feet square and 3 feet high. It was the bell that signaled the start of duty and each fire call was sounded by the bell. When a firefighter had died in the line of duty, it was the mournful tolling of the bell that solemnly announced the passing of a fallen comrade.


City Commemorates 9/11 from 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
More Information: online
The city pays tribute to those who lost their lives and to the heroes who responded to the catastrophic events of 9/11. The Scottsdale 9/11 Day of Remembrance is a a free community event. Scheduled activities include a reading of the names followed by the evening ceremony featuring a keynote speaker, city dignitaries, a candlelight vigil, and patriotic music. The reading of the names is scheduled to begin in the Atrium at 1 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater. A variety of static displays will be open to the public September 10 – September 15, 2012. Exhibits will include a 9/11 Memorial Wall with 2,996 full-color, 4×6 inch memorial cards, with biographical information and a photograph of each of the fallen victims, and the National Unity Flag, nearly three-stories high and signed by the entire U.S. Senate in 2002.


Four Free 9/11 Hero Workouts at  6 a.m., 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Where: CrossFit Scottsdale, 14885 N. 83rd Place, Scottsdale
More Information: crossfitscottsdale.com
An annual event to honor the heroes of 9/11 and remember the many sacrifices made. Community members will join CrossFit Scottsdale in four free workouts throughout the day. Police and fire fighters, service men and women, regular athletes and first-time participants all come together during an intense, fast-paced fitness experience. Luke Air Force Base will present the colors prior to the morning workouts at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Participants will receive a free commemorative 9/11 t-shirt while supplies last. Spaces are limited, registration required. Call  480-922-3253.