Photo courtesy of city of Tempe
The Tempe Exchange Club is set to host the 22nd Annual Tempe Healing Field event at Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. This three-day event is a poignant tribute to the victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
As a powerful visual representation of the magnitude of the loss, the Healing Field will feature an inspiring display of U.S. flags. This event, which has become a mainstay in the community, serves not only as a commemoration for those who remember the tragic day but also as a history lesson for the younger generation.
Visitors are encouraged to take a solemn stroll through the orderly rows of flags – a sight that offers a compelling and unforgettable experience. With numerous opportunities for local residents to participate as sponsors, volunteers, or visitors, the event is aimed at creating a community-driven tribute.
A schedule of special events includes the setting up of flags on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6 a.m., where volunteers are invited to participate. The evening of the same day will witness the Freedom Concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, the event will host the Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Registration information for the run/walk is available on the website.
The Healing Field Tribute will begin at 5:45 a.m. on September 11. The public is invited to join in reading the names of the victims, starting at the precise time the first plane hit the tower. The day will close with a moving Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m., including a ceremony, speakers, and reading of the names of the first responders.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 a.m., volunteers will assist in standing down the field.
For further details about this touching tribute to the victims of 9/11, visit tempetourism.com/events/tempe-healing-field.