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By Lori Schmidt September 06, 2016 1111

9/11 Memorial Tribute Marks 15th Anniversary - Mini-Museum features National Unity Flag, Supersized Props 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11. In recognition, the city of Scottsdale is hosting a free 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Sept. 7-13, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.   The center is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday beginning at noon for the ceremony.

The tribute includes a mini-museum in the center’s atrium.  The display is being installed today, with completion targeted by 5 pm. The exhibition features the two-story National Unity Flag, photos and video from 9/11, memorabilia from retired FDNY and NYPD, and supersized props of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and large metal flag – made of steel, brass and polycarbonate.  These specially-built models will display a memorial card of every individual who lost their life on Sept. 11 in the attacks.  The memorial cards were created and donated by Scottsdale resident Lisa Vella.

A special installation of a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers will take place at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 7, in the atrium. The steel will be escorted from Harley Davidson of Scottsdale to the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.  The piece of steel also will be on display from Sept. 2-6 at the Harley Davidson store, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

There will be a special ceremony on Sept. 11. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives will begin at 2 p.m. in the atrium. The 9/11 Remembrance ceremony and candlelight vigil begins at 5 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater.  The ceremony will feature a panel of first responders who were in New York City during and after the towers fell.  Also scheduled to speak is Luis Gonzales, a retired Arizona Diamondbacks player, who will share his thoughts about winning the World Series during that tumultuous time.

“This week-long Tribute is a chance for all of us to remember and reflect on the impact this event had on our community,” said Fire Chief Tom Shannon.  “Out of the sorrow of 9/11 came a commitment to give back. At this year’s 9/11 Tribute, we encourage individuals to pledge to help a person, our community or our nation through an act of kindness or service.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the National 9/11 Day “I Will” campaign that inspires each person to think of a good deed in honor of 9/11.  “I Will” pledge cards will be available to fill out during the week and the ceremony. 

“We hope visitors will experience the overwhelming effect of how many people lost their lives that day,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “But we also want everyone to remember what came out of the attacks: the spirit of unity, peace and hope.   We persevere.”

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