Events to commemorate 9-11 on Patriots Day

U OF A: 9/11 Tower Challenge
Arizona Police, Firefighters & Military to Climb 2,071 Steps for Charity – Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge on Friday, September 11, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the University of Arizona Stadium 
Hosted by the 100 Club of Arizona, the “Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge” will memorialize the 414 first responders killed in the World Trade Center attack and raise funds for programs that support first responders & military personnel who continue to protect us from foreign and domestic threats.
The 2,071 steps represent the 110 floors of the World Trade Center Twin Towers climbed by public safety personnel following the terrorist attack in 2001.  343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement personnel lost their lives on that day.  
The event is only open to active and retired first responders, military personnel, family members and sponsored climbers. Participants must be 18 or older.  It is anticipated that there will be in excess of 800 climbers this year. The general public will not be allowed into Arizona Stadium during the Tower Climb but can support the event by making donations or delivering donations to personnel stationed on National Champions Drive (road between Arizona Stadium and the former baseball stadium) during the event.

ORO VALLEY:  Commemorate 9/11 at flag raising ceremony
Join the Town of Oro Valley in a day of remembrance on Friday, September 11,  at 8:30 a.m. as they raise the inaugural flag on a new flag pole at the Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. A moment of silence will be held for the lives lost on 9/11.
Special guests and presenters include Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, Oro Valley Chief of Police Daniel Sharp, Golder Ranch Fire District Assistant Chief Patrick Abel, General John Wickham, Representative Vince Leach and the Joint Color Guard represented by the Oro Valley Police Department and Golder Ranch Fire District. Also present at this special event will be the University of Arizona ROTC, the Army National Guard and the Wilson K-8 School Girls Jazz Chorus, who will sing the National Anthem.
Oro Valley Councilmember Joe Hornat and the American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 will accept the 350+ retired flags that have been collected since July 4, 2015. These flags will be properly disposed by the Auxiliary, per U.S. Flag Code. 

Those who would like to observe the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to visit to find a donation opportunity. Those who are unable to donate but would still like to give back can also volunteer their time with the Red Cross or create a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

American Flags placed on Tucson VA Fence Line in Remembrance of 9/11
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) Volunteers and the Senior Corps Volunteers will recognize and remember the tragedy of 9/11 by placing 3,000 American flags along the 6th Avenue fence line of the Tucson VA campus.
This is the fourth year in a row that Senior Corps Volunteers and SAVAHCS Volunteers have placed American flags onto the SAVAHCS campus fence line in remembrance of those who perished 14 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The placement of flags will begin around 7 a.m. Friday morning and will take approximately one hour. The flags will remain on display until removed by volunteers at 4 p.m.


On September 11, communities across America will once again commemorate the many courageous men and women who risked their own lives to save the lives of others. On the same day, students, teachers, and parents from La Paloma Academy South will recognize local service members, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and volunteers who work to protect us every day. The K-8 school invites the community to participate in Heroes’ Night, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, September 11 at La Paloma Academy’s South Campus, 5660 S. 12th Avenue, in the cafeteria.
Heroes’ Night will commence with the presentation of colors by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Color Guard. They will also perform the national anthem and a flag folding.
The event will salute local heroes, including representatives from the Tucson Fire Department, Tucson Police Department, and Davis-Monthan Air Force. These representatives will give students a chance to get acquainted with the tools of their trade.
Throughout the week leading up to Heroes’ Night, students will learn about the country’s service professions and the small but meaningful ways they can support them, such as saying “thank you,” keeping the community clean and free from graffiti and litter, and obeying laws. The students will also create artwork with a patriotic theme, which will be displayed at the event.


The public is welcome to attend Ft. Huachuca’s Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony. The event will be held on Friday, September 11, at  4 p.m. on Brown Parade Field. The fort will render honors and pay respect to the country’s fallen heroes and their families. September 11 has been designated as Patriot’s Day and in memory of the heroes that were lost that day when the towers fell at the World Trade Center and when the Pentagon was hit. 

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