9/11

September 11th is tomorrow. It’s been eighteen years since one of the most memorable days in the history of the United States when more than 3,000 people were killed in multiple terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

When looking for the right things  to say to convey the gravity and magnitude of this horrid day, there were/are no words to encapsulate it.

Researching 9/11 for content for this blog, we came upon this video from history.com. Striking awe and unspeakable sadness in us with a small glimpse reminding us of how awful this day truly was, this video is better than anything we could say. September 11, 2001. We will never forget.

September 11th Facts from CNN.com:
  • Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. In the attacks, people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
  • At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
  • Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
  • At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
  • Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
  • As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

9/11 Remembrance in Prescott, Arizona:

If you’re looking for a way to further remember this day, don’t forget about Healing Fields going on at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Lawn this week. Stop by to see each life lost on 9/11 represented by an American flag, including a short bio of their life. For more information about this week long event, check out our blog about it here.

 

Healing Fields 2019!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, is the beginning of Patriot Week. From September sixth at 10AM to September thirteenth at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Theater on the Green, there will be the 9th annual Healing Fields event.

Healing fields is special and awing event held every year over Patriots Week to remember the event of 9/11, and the lives lost that day.

Healingfield.org says:

“Commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, Prescott Valley will continue its proud 8-year tradition as Northern Arizona residents come together to experience this awe-inspiring display of the Stars and Stripes. 3,000 U.S. flags flying at the Civic Center will again create an unforgettable panorama of optimism and healing. Area residents may visit the display at the Prescott Valley Town Center from Friday, September 6th through Friday, September 13th of 2019. The Prescott Valley Healing Field display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation. We invite all to visit the Prescott Valley’s display and walk with us among the posted flags. The display is open to all without charge. The North Arizona Healing Field is a not to be missed event.”

The 3,000 flags are for those who lost their lives on 9/11 and each flag represents a person who perished on that day and is accompanied by a short bio and display set up on the flag.

Along with the display of flags, there will also be various events going on throughout the week to participate in and bring your friends and family to:

September 6 – September 13th: Healing Field flags on display around the clock.

Saturday, September 7th at 7AM: 2019 Patriot Run

Saturday, September 7th at 9:30AM: Blessing of the Fields

Saturday, September 7th at 6PM: Patriotic Youth Concert

Tuesday, September 10th at 6PM: FREE Community Concert High Desert Brass

Wednesday, September 11th, at 6PM: Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

*All concerts and programs are at Theater on the Green at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.

Proceeds from these events go to benefit the Central Arizona Honor Guard travel fund to pay respects to fallen firefighters.

If you’d like to be involved in this beautiful event, you can still sign up to volunteer by contacting Molly at healingfieldpv@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed to help set up flags, work the information booth, and assist in taking down flags after the display is over.