A group gathered at the foot of the Courthouse steps five years ago to commemorate the events of 9.11.01. Today, there are freshmen in high school that cannot remember that fateful morning. They weren’t even born when the terrorist attacks took place.
It’s the 15th anniversary of that day we simply call 9/11. But, there have been subsequent attacks - 2001 is not the only time America was attacked on 9/11. Four years ago, the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, and four more American lives were lost, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Stevens was the first Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.
Andy Tobin, who has served Yavapai County and Arizona in many roles over the years, reminds us, "We will never forget the bravery, the sacrifice, the resolve and leadership from ordinary Americans and first responders. This day isn’t about Republicans and Democrats but about us standing together and not letting terrorists or anyone else take away our freedom.”
In 2011, Andy Tobin was the Arizona Speaker of the House. Here are his words, spoken on the Courthouse steps in Prescott five years ago:
In Prescott Valley, a Healing Field of American Flags is flying proudly. Each flag tells a story, tagged with a name of someone who perished in the 2001 attacks. There is also a section to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots that died during the Yarnell fire three years ago.
A ceremony to honor those who lost their lives will take place at 1 PM in Prescott Valley at the Civic Center.
The display is at the Civic Center and is open to the public. It will be taken down on September 16.