Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday, June 30, 2016, in honor and remembrance of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives at Yarnell Hill three years ago.
Inpiduals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
According to Assistant City Manager Alison Zelms, the City of Prescott will also fly flags at half-staff in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives on that day three years ago. City officials and staff will observe silence in place at 4:42pm, the official time of passing, followed by 19 tolls of the Courthouse bell.
“We hope the people of Prescott will join us in lowering their flags and observing a moment of silence as a way of coming together in remembrance of these young men,” says Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg. “Time may heal, but it does not undo the loss, particularly for families impacted by this tragedy.”
The City thanks the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Partnership, a non-profit corporation formed to honor the fallen Hotshots, for working to establish a permanent memorial on the southeast corner of the Courthouse Plaza. The Partnership is soliciting input from the public before finalizing a concept and commissioning the work. Signage on the Plaza between June 27 and July 4 will mark the memorial location and highlight work done by the Partnership (www.gmhsmemorial.com).
Wildfire awareness is particularly important this time of year. Throughout the region, Firewise communities and defensible space reduce the potential for wildfire and make it safer for first responders called to the scene. Throughout the wildfire season, the City will communicate preventative measures and preparedness through social media and Public Service Announcements. Each Saturday in June, Prescott residents can drop off yard waste for free, including limbs, branches, and shrubs from pruning or cutting, from 8am to 4pm at the Transfer Station, 2800 Sundog Ranch Road.
The Town of Prescott Valley has created a memorial of flags for the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It will be in place from June 29 - July 1. There will be a short memorial program on Thursday, June 30, beginning at 4:30 with a moment of silence at 4:42.