With a backdrop of a 3,000-flag Healing Field posted on the Prescott Valley Civic Center lawn, the annual 9/11 ceremony to remember the victims of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, will take place at 5:30 p.m. today on the stage between the Civic Center and Police Station.
The ceremony will include musical numbers by the Liberty Traditional School Chamber Singers and Veteran's Memorial Piper Corps. Speaking at the event will be Prescott Valley Councilmember Mary Mallory and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo also will speak and pay special tribute to the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30. This year, 20 custom Granite Mountain Hot Shot flags were posted to honor the 19 that lost their lives and in support of survivor Brendan McDonough.
The ceremony will conclude with a 3-round volley and playing of Taps by the American Legion Post 6 Honor Guard.
The Healing Field will remain up until 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, when volunteers will remove and store them for next year.