Originally Published: July 25, 2015 6 a.m.
Prescott Valley is planning a week of activities in September to honor first responders, the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots, and especially those lost on 9/11.
Patriot Week will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a short ceremony to open the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona, in which 3,000 American flags fly at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. An additional 19 flags honor the Hotshots.
A procession with firefighters will then take place from the Civic Center to the Prescott Valley Event Center, where the United Yavapai Firefighters and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present the Prescott 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Firefighters will climb the stairs multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers, and the public may walk the distance on the ground level.
Registration is open at www.prescott911stairclimb.com or you can go directly to the NFFF site at http://www.9-11stairclimb.com/events.html. Everyone will receive a photo ID of one of the fallen heroes of 9/11. Check in for the climb/walk will be at 10 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center and the climb will start at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the FDNY Counseling Unit which offers peer counseling and resources to the family and colleagues of fallen firefighters. This counseling unit also provided assistance locally after the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
On Monday, runners and walkers will gather at the Prescott Valley Police Department for the community's first Patriot Run. The run features a 10K, 5K and Fun Run, with proceeds going toward travel expenses for the Central Yavapai Fire District Honor Guard, to pay respects to their fallen brethren around the country.
Register at www.active.com or find information on Facebook at Patriot Run 2015.
In a first ever appearance in Prescott Valley, the Prescott POPS Symphony will take the stage on the Civic Center's Theater on the Green at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The full symphony, under the direction of Joseph Place, will present a program of rousing patriotic music with the background of the American flags that fill the Civic Center grounds. The event is free to the public.
On Friday, the Theater on the Green is the place for the annual 9/11 Ceremony, which will include the singing of the National Anthem, police and fire honor guards, and bagpipers. Keynote speaker is ERAU Professor Deanna Austin, who was in the Pentagon when one of the jets hit the building on 9/11.
More information can be found on Facebook at PV Patriot Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Prescott Valley Communications Relations Coordinator Heidi Dahms Foster at 928-759-3123.