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Phillip Whitehead, far right, commander of American Legion Post 140, holds a salute as veteran Gary Sheldon leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance Sept. 11 at Prescott Valley Healing Field, as the Central Arizona Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums stand in front of the stage. (Sue Tone/Courier)

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This year’s balmy dusk weather at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, Sept. 11, was a perfect bookend to the sunny morning in Manhattan 17 years ago — except for the fact that nearly 4,000 individuals, including 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, are no longer with us.

By Sue Tone September 11, 2018