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Prescott Valley 9/11 observance is at Civic Center today

Members of the Veterans Memorial Piper Corps lead the way into the opening ceremony among the 3,000 American flags of the Healing Field at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Saturday. The event included remarks by Mayer Harvey Skoog, Prescott Valley Councilwoman and Healing Field visionary Mary Mallory, and Arizona Highlands Piping Society Director J’aime Morgaine, a piping tribute, reading of the Hotshot Prayer by Deborah Phingston, mother of fallen Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft, and a blessing of the Healing Field by Scottish American Military Society Chaplain Larry Kimmel. The Healing Field will remain open through this week.<br>
TribPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

Members of the Veterans Memorial Piper Corps lead the way into the opening ceremony among the 3,000 American flags of the Healing Field at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Saturday. The event included remarks by Mayer Harvey Skoog, Prescott Valley Councilwoman and Healing Field visionary Mary Mallory, and Arizona Highlands Piping Society Director J’aime Morgaine, a piping tribute, reading of the Hotshot Prayer by Deborah Phingston, mother of fallen Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft, and a blessing of the Healing Field by Scottish American Military Society Chaplain Larry Kimmel. The Healing Field will remain open through this week.<br> TribPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

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.

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