9-11 Remembrance Day and Memorial Ceremonies in Greater Phoenix

Honoring Fallen Heroes on 9-11, Patriot Day

© Judy Hedding

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.

While we have a permanent September 11 memorial in Phoenix, a memorial in Gilbert and a memorial in 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.

We call it Patriot Day.

Remembering 9-11

9-11 Projects Around the Valley

9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance
Date: Week beginning Sept. 9, 2017
Time: Various
Where: Various
More Information: Register online
HandsOn Greater Phoenix participates in the National Day of Service and Remembrance. During the week volunteers will participate in Tribute Projects throughout the Valley. These projects will focus on assisting and recognizing our current military personnel and veterans.

Casa Grande

A Night of Remembrance
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Grande Peart Park, 350 E. 6th Street
More Information: online
Candlelight ceremony. 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.


The Town of Gilbert has a 9-11 Memorial at that same location that you can visit every day of the year.


9-11 Memorial
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.

53rd Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Day
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Shadow Mountain High School, 2902 E.

Shea Blvd., Phoenix
More Information: Call 480-595-8089 or 480-940-4080
Conducted by The Phoenix Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars. The Chapter presents this along with the support of the Paradise Valley High School District and the Shadow Mountain HS Principal and their Choir (for the National Anthem) and their USAF JROTC Detachment Color Guard and cadets to carry colors for those that need help. They will also conduct a POW/MIA Ceremony.The activities start with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Band performing in concert at 2 p.m. Immediately following their concert at 2:30, the ceremony will be conducted and will be completed at 3:15. About 25 Veteran and other Civic Organizationsare expected to participate. Color Guards interested in participating should call Dick Minor at 480-595-8089 or the Color Guard Coordinator, Glenn Goins at 480-940-4080 if you want to be on the program. Families of all participants, members of the community, veterans, civic organizations with or without colors, First Responders, other youth groups, etc. who want to demonstrate their respect for our Flag and our Country our Veterans and our First Responders may participate and attend.

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting in Papago Park
In addition to all the firefighting vehicles and memorabilia, you can also see a permanent exhibit at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting commemorating fallen firefighter heroes, including those that perished on 9/11.


Salt River 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
More Information: Online
Firefighters and the community honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who gave their lives on 9-11. Each participant climbs or walks the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The proceeds of the event helps the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors.


9-11 Heroes Run
Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Where: Tempe Beach Park
More Information: Online
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. Events take place all over the world, on or near September 11, and are 100% organized by local community volunteers.

9-11 Healing Field
Date: September 9 - 11, 2016
Where: Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park
More Information: Online
The City of Tempe hosts 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, open Sept. 10 - 13 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

Scheduled ceremonies/events:

  • Friday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. - Freedom Concert
  • Monday, Sept. 11 at 5:46 a.m. - Memorial Ceremony
  • Monday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Candlelight Vigil 

Volunteers are needed to install and/or remove the flags. The American Red Cross will host on-site blood drives on Sept. 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p,m. To make an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and use the zip code 85281. Walk-ups are welcome.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.