Tempe will host
several days of reflection as
Americans commemorate the sixth
anniversary of the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11, 2001.
Nearly 3,000 people
lost their lives that terrible day
and the Valley of the Sun Exchange
Clubs Foundation, along with several
community partners, will pause to
remember the victims at Tempe’s
fourth annual Healing Field event.
will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 11,
with a 7 p.m. candlelight vigil at
Tempe Beach Park.
Healing Field is free
and open to the public at Tempe
Beach Park, on the northwest corner
of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado
Parkway. United Blood Services will
host a community blood drive at the
park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Tuesday, Sept. 11.
ceremonies will take place
throughout the weekend, so members
of the public are encouraged to
bring their old flags that need
Schedule of events
Tempe Beach Park will
be open Saturday through Tuesday for
this event, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
each day. Events include:
Saturday, Sept. 8,
from 6-9 a.m. –
Flags will be installed by
volunteers beginning at 6 a.m. Media
are invited on site to talk to the
event’s organizer, Jerry Michael,
and other volunteers about what the
display means to them.
Sunday, Sept. 9, from
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. –
Tempe Beach Park will be open. Stop
by the Healing Field display on your
way to or from the Tempe Center for
the Arts Grand Opening Family Day,
which is noon to 5 p.m. A shuttle
will run between the events – more
Monday, Sept. 10,
from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
– Tempe Beach Park
will be open.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 –
At 5:40 a.m. and 6:03
a.m. (when the World Trade Center
towers were struck, Arizona time),
there will be brief, informal
commemorations with music and
At 7 p.m., hundreds
will gather for a candlelight vigil
with music, singing, prayer and
PARKING AND SHUTTLE
Parking for Healing
Field will be available in the US
Airways parking garage on the south
Rio Salado Parkway,
west of Mill Avenue. ADA-accessible
parking will be available in the
surface lot west of Tempe Beach Park
along Ash Avenue.
A free shuttle will
run every five minutes from 11:30
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9,
for those who wish to go to Healing
Field and the Tempe Center for the
Arts Grand Opening Family Day.
Pickup/dropoff locations will be: at
ASU’s Lot 59; at the northwest
corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado
Parkway; at Mill Avenue and Fifth
Street; and at US Airways at Third
Street and Ash Avenue.