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Tempe, AZ ~ 17th Annual Healing Field®

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September 10September 13

80 West Rio Salado Pkwy Tempe, AZ

September 10-13, 2021
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Thousands of stories become real and poignant as 2,977 United States flags fly in solemn groupings at Lake Park to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11th in 2001. Each flag tells the story of an innocent victim identified by name and short biographies.  Men, women, and children were killed, and while they met a common fate, they were a diverse group of individuals. Tourists, office workers, air crews, passengers, military, civilians. Add to this first responders who rushed to their aid but perished in their efforts to rescue.

On this 20th Anniversary of 9/11 visitors to the Tempe Healing Field® display of flags bring their own stories. Nick Bastian, the Project Chair has said, “Meeting people and hearing the stories from those who have lost loved ones on September 11th is one of the biggest reasons why I return to help with this event each year.” He also noted the central reason that the Tempe Exchange Club has hosted the event for 16 straight years, “Another obvious reason why we continue to bring the Healing Field back each year is because we will Never Forget any of the people lost that fateful day.”

Over the years, the display has had the support of the city.  Mayor Mark Mitchell explained, “The Healing Field is a unique memorial that gives the community the opportunity to reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were lost on that heartbreaking day. Though the attacks occurred twenty years ago, they continue to connect us every year, both as Americans and as human beings.”

The Tempe Healing Field® display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation.

Walk with us through the ordered rows of flags posted at Tempe Beach Park from the 10th to the 13th of September. Visiting the field is an experience never to be forgotten, and each year the event offers many opportunities for sponsors, volunteers, and visitors to experience an indescribable tribute.

The display is open to all without charge.  Don’t miss it

Thank You

Event Sponsors

 

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In The News

In The News

Tempe remembers 9/11 victims
AZ Family
It’s been 16 long years since that fateful day when terrorists attacked the very heart of our country on September 11, 2001. Throughout the years, countless memorials have been held each year to remember what we lost that day.

Honor 9/11 victims at these Phoenix-area memorials, ceremonies
Ktar News
Sixteen years ago Monday, nearly 3,000 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured in the nationwide Sept. 11 attacks, the deadliest terrorist attacks to take place on American soil to date. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

September 11 Tribute
Green Publishing, Inc
In Tempe, Az., in a park near downtown Tempe, the local Exchange Club sponsors the “Healing Field” commemoration. During this event, which begins in the days leading up to Sept. 11 and concludes on Sept. 12, approximately 3,000 American Flags are placed in the City’s Park. Each flag bears the name of a person lost on that day.

Tempe honors victims of 9/11 with annual ‘Healing Field’ tribute
AZ Family
In memory of the September 11 tragedy, the City of Tempe hosts and the Exchange Club of Tempe presents its 14th annual Healing Field tribute. Healing Field is a memorial that pays respects to the nearly 3,000 victims who died during the tragic terrorist attack. Workers of Healing Field will physically assemble nearly 3,000 flags in their honor.

Tempe Healing Field: ‘I’ll never forget’ 9/11, Valley residents say
AZ Central
Mary Fiore walked through rows of nearly 3,000 American flags fluttering at a Tempe Beach Park memorial on Sunday, searching for a name. The red, white and blue flags stood as a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Families milled about the park, speaking softly and examining the flags and trinkets attached to the poles.

Thousands of flags at Tempe Beach Park honor lives lost on 9/11
12 News
Monday will mark the 16th year since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. The City of Tempe, and the Exchange Club of Tempe, are honoring those who perished with a unique tribute called the Healing Fields. There are 2,996 flags, each representing a life lost, standing on the field of Tempe Beach Park. Each one represents a person who died in the attacks.

Tempe Healing Field: Memorial for victims of 9/11 now open
AZ Central
Volunteers returned to Tempe Beach Park Friday morning to erect flags to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks at the 14th annual Tempe Healing Field. Nearly 3,000 flags cover the field, organized into three main sections to honor the victims from the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the flights.

Healing Field honors 9/11 victims at Tempe Beach Park
East Valley Tribune
The 14th annual Healing Field tribute to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks will wrap up Monday, Sept. 11. The viewing of nearly 3,000 flags continues this weekend. On Monday, a tribute ceremony at 5:46 a.m. will include a presentation of colors, music, prayer and the reading of the names of the first responders who gave their lives that day.

Annual 9/11 tribute in Tempe continues Monday
ABC 15
The city of Tempe is continuing its annual tradition on Monday of placing nearly 3,000 flags to honor the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The city and the Exchange Club of Tempe put together the Healing Field tribute each year.

Volunteers sought for annual Healing Field memorial to 9/11 victims
East Valley Tribune
As hard to believe as it may be that 16 years have passed since terrorists took down the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and crashed a jetliner into a field in Western Pennsylvania, it may be easier to forget. That’s why Mark Poisson and Judy Chasse work hard every year to make sure people remember the 2,996 Americans who died in the slaughter.

Tempe Healing Field commemorates 9/11 terror attack victims
East Valley Tribune
As the sun rose over Tempe Beach Park on Friday, 400 volunteers gathered to sing the national anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance and install 3,000 American flags in honor of each person who gave their life during the 9/11 terror attacks.

Thousands of flags at Tempe Beach Park honor lives lost on 9/11
12 News
Monday will mark the 16th year since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. The City of Tempe, and the Exchange Club of Tempe, are honoring those who perished with a unique tribute called the Healing Fields. There are 2,996 flags, each representing a life lost, standing on the field of Tempe Beach Park. Each one represents a person who died in the attacks.

Healing Field At Tempe Town Lake Pays Tribute To Victims Of 9/11
KJZZ
Millions of Americans are taking a moment Monday to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago. As commercial jets flew overhead in and out of Sky Harbor Airport, individuals waited patiently for a parking space at Tempe Town Lake. They’re here to see the Healing Field.

‘Healing Field’ in Tempe honors those lost on 9/11
Fox 10
“I always get goosebumps… I have them right now,” Marshall Stone said. It’s a Valley tradition that’s grown over time — 16 years after the 9/11 terror acts, the Healing Field at Tempe Town Lake is a place to remember, reflect, and pay tribute.

Tempe Healing Field commemorates 9/11 terror attack victims
East Valley Tribune
As the sun rose over Tempe Beach Park on Friday, 400 volunteers gathered to sing the national anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance and install 3,000 American flags in honor of each person who gave their life during the 9/11 terror attacks.

Annual 9/11 tribute in Tempe held for lives lost 16 years ago
ABC 15
The city of Tempe is continuing its annual tradition on Monday of placing nearly 3,000 flags to honor the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The city and the Exchange Club of Tempe put together the Healing Field tribute each year.

Benefiting Charities:
Exchange Club of Tempe

Hosted By:
Exchange Club of Tempe

Local Organizing Committee:
Project Chair: Nick Bastain
Co-Project Chair: Ryan Royse
Fundraiser Chair: Ryan Royse

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Details

Start:
September 10
End:
September 13

Venue

Tempe Beach Park
80 West Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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