Originally Published: September 7, 2009 10:48 p.m.
The Prescott Tea Party will play host to a "Memorial for America" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on the steps of the county courthouse.
The memorial is a celebration and tribute to all who have served the United States and the cause of freedom.
The memorial is one of several local events on the eighth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed 2,974 people, with an additional 24 listed as missing. Terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane, United Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania when passengers and crewmembers rushed the hijackers.
Prescott Tea Party co-founder Mona Patton said the memorial would "honor Americans who died in 9/11 and American servicemen who have died since. It will honor all veterans. We appreciate what they have done for our country."
Patton said the second part of the event would highlight "current threats to our freedoms. We want to educate people."
Jennifer Campbell, local attorney and co-founder of Prescott Tea Party, LLC, will kick off the event, which also will include the Embry-Riddle Color Guard posting the colors, voter registration booths and opportunities for those wishing to volunteer with the Tea Party organization to take an active part in the political process.
"We are holding this event to honor those Americans who have given their lives to ensure this, the greatest country on earth, remains free," Campbell said.
TEA Party board member and national speaker Hank Giesecke, Yavapai College Professor Terry Lovell and Libertarian and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Ernest Hancock will speak during the event.
"We will also be educating the public about current threats to freedom that loom on our national stage. In educating our citizens, we empower them to make a difference. If each citizen contacts their representative and expresses his or her opinion it will ensure that our elected officials become accountable for their voting choices and actions," Campbell said.
The evening will include a lighting ceremony and musical tribute in honor of local military servicemen/women.
Additional information is available at www.PrescottTEAParty.Org.
The Town of Prescott Valley will play host to its annual Patriot Day event from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle.
The event will include inspirational and patriotic songs from the St. Luke Ebony Christian Church Choir.
Organizers suggest participants bring a chair or blanket and water.
Additional information is available from the Prescott Valley Community Relations Division at 759-3123.
American Legion Post No. 40, located at Road 3 South on Highway 89 in Chino Valley, is sponsoring "America's 9/11 Memorial (motorcycle) Ride," at 10 a.m. Friday.
Registration begins and 9 a.m., with ceremonial activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. The activities include bagpiper Thomas Lemoray, the Pledge of Allegiance, opening remarks and a blessing.
Riders will proceed through Jerome via Highway 89A, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville, Camp Verde, Dewey/Humboldt, Prescott Valley and end at the courthouse plaza in Prescott.
Riders can join the ride anywhere along the route.
American Legion Post No. 40 will accept donations for first responders in Yavapai County.
American Legion officials plan to "ride with the purpose of remembering those who gave their all that day and give back what we can with all due honor and respect to them and theirs. Never forget."
For information, call Curtis Boggs at (703) 618-5605 or 554-7281.