Sunday, September 11, 2011


Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, where a series of four coordinated suicide attacks against targets in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets.  The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. When passengers attempted to take control of the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, preventing it from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group's leader Osama bin Laden, who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks ] Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror, invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, who had harbored al-Qaeda members. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. In May 2011, after years at large, bin Laden was found and killed.


This is a day that all Americans will NEVER forget!  We must NEVER forget what happened! Our thoughts and prayers continue for the victims and their families.

9/11 events in Arizona

Casa Grande

Event: A Night of Remembrance

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Casa Grande Peart Park

Special activities staring at 5 p.m., candlelight ceremony at 6:30 p.m.


Event: 9-11 Hero Appreciation Day

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: SanTan Brewing Company, Downtown Chandler

Off duty Chandler Firefighters will be your servers at SanTan Brewing Company. A percentage of SanTan Brewing Company’s proceeds on 9-11 will be donated to benefit the Chandler Firefighter Charities, founded by the Chandler Fire Department to support the needs of people and organizations in the City of Chandler.


Event: American Heroes Concert

Date: September 10, 2011

Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Anthem Community Park at Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Featuring the Disney Live Rockin' Road Show, Affinity and Uptown Angels. All attendees are requested to make a donation to The 100 Club of Arizona. Food vendors and a Budweiser beer garden. Kids' crafts, games, dancing, music. Bring a blanket to sit on. Gates open at 4:30 pm.


Event: Week of Tribute to 9/11

Date: September 3 - 11, 2011

Time: Varies by event

Where: Various locations

Day of Service, candlelight vigil, Day of Remembrance and more leading up to the dedication of a permanent 9/11 memorial.


Event: 9/11 Memorial Pancake Breakfast

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Where: Goodyear Fire Station, 3075 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear

Flag raising, Goodyear Fire and Police honor guards, memorial speeches. Pancake breakfast served. Donations will go to support firefighter’s charities in the community.


Event: 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Time: 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

After a pancake breakfast volunteers will build a playground next to the Fire Station. Volunteer activities will also include distributing fire safety information and painting curb numbers. Registration required.

Never Forget 9/11 Memorial Walk and Ceremony

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Where: Chase Bank Tower, 201 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

More Information: City of Phoenix Fire

The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. and finish at 8 a.m. at CityScape. The public will follow behind the Phoenix Fire and Police Honor Guard and public safety apparatus. Once at CityScape, a host of speakers will address the audience and there will be a memorial ceremony paying tribute to the men and women lost on 9/11/01.

Event: Freedom Walk

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park

Join city dignitaries and special guests for entertainment and a one mile walk around the park lake. Registration begins at 10:15.

Event: Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance Day

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Carl Hayden Community High School, 3333 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

More Information: Call 480-595-8089

The Phoenix Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), the Phoenix Union High School District, and Carl Hayden Community High School Junior ROTC cadets host the annual Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance ceremony to pay tribute to current active duty and former Arizona veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces, but to especially recognize those Americans who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. The “Massing” is a colorful and patriotic celebration which honors everyone who has served our nation during war and peace. Patriotic and service organizations from throughout Arizona are invited to show their solidarity with patriots past and present by bringing their flags and banners to the “Massing.” The ceremonies start with a patriotic concert by the 108th Army Band of the Army National Guard. The speaker will be Eric Landeau, a first responder from Fountain Hills who was in New York City on 9/11. Color guards that want to participate are invited; call 480-595-8089.

Event: 10th Anniversary Memorial Service

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 9 a.m.

Where: Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

The Hall of Flame Museum, the world’s largest museum of firefighting history, will host a memorial service and brunch in honor of the firefighters and other rescue workers who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The event will begin with a vehicle procession outside the museum and will continue inside at 10 a.m. with light refreshments and a roll call service in the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, including the 9/11 first responders. There is no admission charge for this event. Since the museum is usually closed on Sundays, admission will be allowed only to the areas where the Memorial Service will be held.

Event: Arizona Diamondbacks 9/11 Salute to Our Everyday Heroes

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Chase Field

The first 15,000 fans through the gates for the regular season game against the San Diego Padres receive a Stars and Stripes T-Shirt. There will be programming during the game commemorating 9-11.


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