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Sat, Oct. 19

Yarnell observes anniversary of fire on Sunday and Monday

YARNELL, Arizona - The community of Yarnell will conduct Yarnell Hill wildfire memorial services at 1 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday, the one-year anniversary of the day the fire consumed 127 Yarnell homes and killed 19 of Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Both services take place at the site of the future Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park, located at the corner of Highway 89 and Shrine Road. Both are open to the public.

At the Sunday service, guests can get a map for self-guided tours of the Glen Ilah area that was hardest hit by the fire.

There will be no access to the site where the hotshots perished.

Following are the schedules for both events.


• Welcome and overview: Lew Theokas (grandfather of Garret Zuppiger, fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot)

• Reflections: Kurt and Jerry Florman, residents who lost their home, and Scott Shephard, Executive Director, Yarnell Community Center

• Flag Ceremony: Honor Guard members from Prescott Chino Valley and Central Yavapai fire departments

• Veterans Memorial Pipers Corp of Prescott: "Heroes Lost," written by a NYFD captain, dedicated to the first responders who died on 9/11

• Solo by Don Mansfield

• "Amazing Grace," Central Yavapai Fire Fighters

• Drumming Interpretation of the Fire

• "Steal Away," Charles Edwin Taylor, Kathleen Stowe, Nina BourBeau and Paul Jones

• "Blazing Honor," written and performed by Denise Roggio with Voices from the Ashes Choir

• Ringing of the Bell

• Moment of silence

• Reflections: Chief Ben Palm, Yarnell Fire Department, Chief Bob Heckman, Peeples Valley Fire Department, and Chuck Tidey, Chair, Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.

Brief statements* from select invited guests: Congressman Paul Gosar, Secretary of State Ken Bennett*, Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, Arizona Sen. Steve Pierce, Arizona Rep. Karen Fann, Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons*

• "Yarnell Rising," written and performed by Denise Roggio with participation of those assembled


• Opening prayer and reflections, Donna Kafer, Arizona Legislative Chaplain

• Proclamation by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, read by Arlon Rice, Yarnell Fire Board Chair

• Background music, Denise Roggio

• Silent procession of marchers arrives

• "All is Well with My Soul," Charles Edwin Taylor

• Explanation of candle lighting process, Donna Kafer

• Symbolic Candle Lighting Ceremony

• 4:42 p.m. Moment of Silence

• 4:43 p.m. 19 Bells Rung, Names Read

• "Amazing Grace," Denise Roggio (with participation from those assembled)

• Concluding Prayer, Donna Kafer.

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