September 11 Memorial in Scottsdale marks 20th anniversary

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.

In recognition, the City of Scottsdale is hosting a free September 11 Memorial Tribute from September 3-12 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The center is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon for the ceremony.

The tribute includes a mini-museum in the center atrium. The exhibit features the three-story National Unity Flag, photos and videos of 9/11, as well as oversized props from the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the airplane wing and the large metal flag – in steel, brass and polycarbonate.

These specially constructed models will display a commemorative card for each person who died on September 11 in the attacks. The commemorative cards were created and donated by Lisa Vella, a Scottsdale resident.

This year, the exhibit will also feature commemorative wreaths from the departments of the City of Scottsdale, as well as other organizations and service groups. The intention of the wreaths is to honor the memory of the event as well as to recognize the importance that the day is also known as a day of service.

Those interested in participating with a wreath should send an email to [email protected]

“This week-long tribute is an opportunity for all of us to remember and reflect on the impact this event had on our community,” said Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “From the pain of September 11, a commitment to give back was born. In this year’s September 11 tribute, we encourage individuals to make a commitment to help a person, our community or our nation through an act of kindness or service.

There will be a special ceremony on September 11. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives will begin at 1 p.m. in the atrium. The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater.

More events will be announced in the run-up to September 11, according to a press release.

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