Several events tied to the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are scheduled in the East Valley.
One notable event will be the fourth-annual Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park today through Tuesday. Nearly 3,000 flags will be displayed in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks in New York, the Washington, D.C., area and Pennsylvania.
The park, at Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, will be open for quiet reflection 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
On Tuesday, at 5:40 a.m. and 6:03 a.m., when New York’s World Trade Center towers were struck (Arizona time), there will be a brief, informal commemoration with music and prayer at the park.
United Blood Services will host a community blood drive at the park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The commemoration will conclude with candlelight vigil with music, singing, prayer and speakers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Other local events scheduled:
• A Sept. 11 remembrance hosted by the American Legion in the garden of Mathew B. Juan Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The ceremony will include placing a ceremonial wreath to commemorate post-war fighters now deceased, a candle lighting, and rifle squad salute and taps by the post’s honor guard.
“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” post commander Deborah Bostwick said.
Speakers include Col. Wanda Wright, director of staff, Arizona Air National Guard, Chandler police Cmdr. Rick Brzuchalski and City Councilman Matt Orlando.
• A flag raising and moment of silence will be conducted at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the town’s public safety complex, 55 E. Civic Center Drive.
• A Sept. 11 tribute during a National Assisted Living Week ceremony at the Citadel Assisted Living Community at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 520 S. Higley Road.
Mayor Keno Hawker will remember the events of Sept. 11 and acknowledge the heroism of the New York Police Department.
Mistress of ceremonies Alice Arambul will follow with a personal tribute to fallen police officers across the country. Mesa police Chief George Gascón will be presented with a plaque honoring the service of local police officers.
Compiled by Tribune writers Courtney Brink and Michael Kashgarian