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A Letter To The Editor

Patriot Week, Sept. 9-17, 2002, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, memorialized the victims of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, and the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.

The Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona contains an American flag for each of the victims of 9/11. Every flag carries a tag with the name and a short bio of the victims. Fire personnel, police officers, and military personnel have boots placed at the bottom of their flags, and the eight children lost have teddy bears attached the flags. The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots flags are placed near the amphitheater.

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At the beginning of the week, hundreds of volunteers, including fire and law enforcement personnel, local businesses and residents gather to drive rebar and place flags, tags, and boots throughout the field. During the week, volunteers staff an information booth where the hundreds of visitors can learn about the victims, or find the flag representing their family member, friend, or acquaintance. More volunteers help to maintain the field during the week after wind or storms. When the week is over, hundreds more volunteers come to carefully package the flags to be stored for another year.

We would like to thank the following organizations, businesses, and individuals who volunteered or donated to make this year’s field possible:

Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

Prescott Valley Police Department

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department

Central Arizona Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums

Prescott Valley Police Honor Guard

Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy recruits

Fann Contracting (field light plants)

Volunteer Coordinator Pilar Hemry

Field Maintenance Coordinator Richard Bowman

American Legion Post #6 Honor Guard

Town of PV Facilities and Parks Departments

AAEC High School Prescott Valley

Community, organization and school volunteers

The Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona is truly a much-appreciated community effort that cannot happen without all who volunteer and come to remember. Thanks also to those who donated through the week to help us replace damaged or worn flags.

Heidi Dahms Foster

Healing Field Chairperson

Town of Prescott Valley

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