Sept 11, 2001

In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

Marty Lederhandler, AP file

Day of Remembrance

What: Videos taken during the week and provided to the town will be unveiled in a special Day of Remembrance program to be played on local TV and online.  Those who wish to share their 10 to 15 second video on how they plan to pay tribute and remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, are welcome to post to YouTube and email the link to The town will also provide materials online for parents to use in age-appropriate “teachable moments” with their children about 9/11 and what the day means. Those materials will be posted at

When: All day Sept. 9

Where: On TV Cox Channel 11, and streaming online on “Gilbert Live” at and in town recreation facilities.


What: The LDS Tempe West Stake and the American Red Cross have partnered to host a seventh annual blood drive in honor of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There are more than 38,000 blood donations needed every day in the U.S. For more information about the “In Memory of 9/11” blood drive or to schedule an appointment, please visit and enter the sponsor code “TempeWest.”

When: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 10

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1050 W. Grove Parkway, Tempe


What: Tempe and the Valley of the Sun Exchange Clubs Foundation will present the Healing Field, a field filled with nearly 3,000 3-by-5 foot flags for every death from the 9/11 attacks. The project is to put into perspective the enormity of the human loss of that day.

When: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 to 11

Where: Tempe Beach Park, intersection of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

Preserving Family

What: Part of Gilbert’s Week of Tribute, this event is meant to remind us all how important it is to celebrate family. The event will include a variety of areas to learn and share, including a photo area for family portraits, a book reading area, another area for scrapbooking and other family friendly events. There will be water, donuts and breakfast bars available.

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 10

Where: Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert


What: The United Blood Services bloodmobile will be at Tempe Beach Park to conduct blood drives. To make an appointment, register at and enter “9/11” as the sponsor code. Walk-ins are also welcome.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11

Where: Tempe Beach Park, intersection of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

“Day to Remember” Memorial

What: Ten years after the terror attacks on America, citizens of Queen Creek will come together in a commemoration ceremony to honor the innocent victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

When: 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 10

Where: Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road

3rd Annual Patriot Day Celebration

What: The Friends of Freedom, a 501(c)(3) chartered foundation, pending nonprofit organization status, is hosting an event to benefit 100 Club of Arizona, ThanksUSA and Fighter Country Foundation. These organizations seek to help soldiers, veterans and their families, as well as first responders killed in the line of duty. Expected to speak at the event are Gov. Jan Brewer, Rep. Ben Quayle, Lt. Gen. John Bradley (retired Joint Chiefs of Staff), Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Phoenix Vice Mayor Thelda Williams, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Phoenix Councilman Claude Mattox. For more information, visit

When: 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10

Where: Paseo Highlands Park, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix

Cost: $9.11 (plus tax) online or $10 at the door

September Concert for Peace Remembers 9/11

What: Join the Chandler Irish Cultural Council and the Chandler community as they take part in the free second annual September Concert. The September Concert commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is part of the worldwide September Concert that celebrates all types of music at the annual global day of music in “celebration of peace and humanity.” For more information about the event or to purchase tickets to the preceding dinner, visit

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 10

Where: Crowne Plaza San Marcus Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Place


What: The ceremony will begin at the time the first plane struck the first tower. It will include a presentation of colors, music, prayer and the reading of names of the first responders who gave their lives on 9/11. Later in the morning, the names of all the victims who died in the attacks will be read.

When: 5:46 a.m. (memorial) and 7:15 a.m. (names) Sept. 11

Where: Tempe Beach Park, intersection of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

What: Mesa is hosting a 9/11 10th Anniversary Tribute Project by building a playground. Volunteers are needed to help build the playground, distribute fire safety information and paint curb numbers. A pancake breakfast will be served to volunteers at 6:30 a.m. prior to the effort.  

When: 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 11

Where: Next to Fire Station 218, 845 N. Alma School Road, Mesa

RSVP: To participate, please visit

“Never Forget” Walk and Ceremony

What: Members of the public will follow behind the Phoenix Fire and Police Honor Guard and public safety apparatus starting at Chase Bank Tower to a stage at CityScape. There, a number of speakers will address the audience as part of a memorial ceremony paying tribute to the men and women lost on 9/11.

When: 7:30 a.m. Sept. 11  

Where: Walk begins at Chase Bank Tower, 201 N. Central Ave., and the ceremony is at CityScape, intersection of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix


What: The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial will be unveiled at the ceremony to pay tribute to those lost, and remember the heroes during the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The ceremony will include honor guard and color guard, as well as performance of “You Are Our Heroes” by elementary students and tributes to loved ones lost by local residents. Those who come early, by about 7:30 a.m., can view a video of local residents sharing their personal stories. Lawn seating is available; please bring your own chairs and blankets.

When: 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 11

Where: Town Hall (9/11 Memorial), 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert


What: The 9/11 Patriot Ride to benefit the 911 Toy Drive, a local nonprofit, and the NYFD 9/11 Memorial Fund will start in Phoenix and travel to Mesa and back, passing through the Riverview Avenue of Heroes. The ride and parade look to recognize our country’s progress since the 9/11 attacks. It starts at 10:28 a.m., the time WTC-Tower 2 fell in New York City. A $20 donation per bike is requested. For more information, visit

When: Check-in 8 to 10 a.m., ride begins 10:28 a.m. Sept. 11

Where: Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 83rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

9/11 Hero Appreciation Day to benefit the Chandler Police Department Charities

What: As a way to honor the heroes who bravely sacrificed their own lives in the line of duty, SanTan Brewing Company has teamed up with the Chandler Fire Department for a 9/11 hero appreciation fundraiser benefiting the Chandler Firefighter Charities. Patrons will have a chance to give back to the community while off-duty Chandler firefighters work as servers.

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: SanTan Brewing Company, 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler


What: Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria is offering a free slice of pizza to anyone that comes in to any of their four locations with a firefighter, police officer or military ID, in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

When: Sept. 11

Where: Any of Venezia’s four locations: 5057 E. McKellips Road, Mesa; 2721 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa; 27 E. Southern Ave., Tempe; or 744 W. Ray Road, Gilbert


What: A community memorial service planned in collaboration with family members of those lost on 9/11 and the Arizona Interfaith Movement. The service will have speeches by four Arizonans who lost loved ones on 9/11, 10 children will recited the “Golden Rule” of each of their different faiths and several local musicians will perform American patriotic music. It will close with a moment of silence.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: 9/11 Memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 17th Avenue and Adams Street, Phoenix


What: The Arizona Republican Party will host a faith-based ceremony to commemorate those who lost their lives on 9/11. The Rev. C.T. Wright will deliver the prayer and keynote address.

When: 2 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: Republican Party headquarters, 3501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix

Showing of “Project Rebirth”

What: The documentary “Project Rebirth,” which premiered at this year’ Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the lives of 9/11 survivors and family members of victims from 2002 until 2009. It also includes a time-lapse, minute-by-minute view of the World Trade Center from its demolition to its redevelopment through 2009. There is no attendance cost.

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler


What: The East Valley Chorale will have a free concert featuring a wide range of choral styles, including hymn arrangements, southern gospel and patriotic music. Song selection includes “The Prayer,” “Near the Cross,” “American Celebration,” “Peace in the Valley,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: Pima Hall, Shadow Mountain Village Park, 8780 E. McKellips Road, Scottsdale


What: As part of the Healing Field project, presented by Tempe and the Valley of the Sun Exchange Club Foundation, a candlelight vigil will be held with music, prayer and guest speakers.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 11

Where: Tempe Beach Park, intersection of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe


When: 7 p.m. Sept. 12

What: Reflections on 9/11, 10 years later with Aaron Brown, a former CNN anchor, whose first day on-air for CNN was on Sept. 11, 2001, from New York City.

Where: ASU Downtown campus, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Cronkite Building, First Amendment Forum (second floor)

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