9-11 Remembrance Day and Memorial Ceremonies in Greater Phoenix

Honoring Fallen Heroes on 9-11, Patriot Day 2016

••• 9-11 Memorial in Gilbert. © 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 in Phoenix

Check back here in the weeks immediately prior to September 11. I add events as I receive the information.

9-11 Projects Around the Valley

9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance
Date: Weekend of September 11, 2016
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: Sunday, September 11, 2016
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.


9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Gilbert Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert
More Information: Gilbert Fire Department
A formal ceremony with Gilbert Fire & Rescue and Gilbert Police Department Honor Guards. Pipes and Drums will play. Speakers will include Fire Chief Jim Jobusch, Police Chief Tim Dorn and Mayor Jenn Daniels.

Two search lights will create a lighted memorial in the sky from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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


Walk of Honor
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Desert Harbor Elementary, Peoria
For police, fire and members of the military. After breakfast and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by the school band, the student body, along with parents and staff, will line the halls and cheer as the first responders and military walk past. 


City of Phoenix Memorial Ceremony
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington, Phoenix
More Information: Phoenix Fire Department

52nd Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Day
Date: September 11, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Carl Hayden Community High School, 3333 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix
More Information: Call 480-595-8089 or 480-940-4080
The Phoenix Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars will conduct its 52nd Annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance on 9/11 2016. The Chapter presents this along with the Phoenix Union High School District and JROTC Detachment of the Carl Hayden Community HS.

The activities start with the 108th Army Band AZ Army National Guard performing a concert at 2 p.m. Immediately following their concert the ceremony will be conducted and will be completed by 3:30 p.m. It will also include a POW MIA Ceremony by the Patriot Youth Corps.

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 and civic organizations with or without colors, First Responders (Police, Fire, EMT, etc.) who want to demonstrate their respect for our Flag and our Country, our Veterans and our First Responders may participate and attend.

Tribute to 9-11 & Dedication Cross Ceremony
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Elevate Coffee at Shops at Norterra, 2530 W Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix
Honoring first responders and inspiring hope for the community members.

 The tribute will include an exact replica of the ground zero cross in New York City by AZ businessmen for North Valley Community Church to be placed on their new campus on NE side of I-17 and Jomax in North Phoenix. The public is invited to be a part of a special 9-11 Service at North Valley Community Church, Sunday 9 and 10:30, meeting at Harkins Theatres.
More Information: North Valley Community Church

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.

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.


9/11 Memorial Tribute
Date: Sept. 7-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
More Information: OnlineThe tribute includes a mini-museum in the center’s atrium.  The exhibition features the three-story National Unity Flag, photos and video from 9/11, memorabilia from retired FDNY and NYPD, and supersized props of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and large metal flag made of steel, brass and polycarbonate. These specially-built models will display a memorial card of every individual who lost their life on Sept. 11 in the attacks. A special installation of a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers will take place at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 7, in the atrium. The steel will be escorted from Harley Davidson of Scottsdale to the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts by the Phoenix Wounded Vet Run. The piece of steel also will be on display from Sept. 2-6 at the Harley Davidson store, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

There will be a special ceremony on Sept. 11. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives will begin at 4 p.m. in the atrium. The 9/11 Remembrance ceremony and candlelight vigil begins at 5 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater. The ceremony will feature a panel of first responders who were in New York City during and after the towers fell.  Also scheduled to speak is Luis Gonzales, retired Arizona Diamondbacks player, who will share his thoughts about winning the World Series during that tumultuous time. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the National 9/11 Day “I Will” campaign that inspires each person to think of a good deed in honor of 9/11.  “I Will” pledge cards will be available to fill out during the week and the ceremony. 


9-11 Heroes Run
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.
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. Cost on race day: 5K: $40, 5K Active Duty or First Responder: $35, Family of 4: $125, 1-mile Fun Run / Walk: $30. You must register online by August 31st to be guaranteed a race shirt and to receive discounts on registration fees.

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. 9 at 6:00 p.m. - Freedom Concert
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:46 a.m. - Memorial Ceremony
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 a.m. - Memorial Reading of Victims' Names
  • Sunday, 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.