Sept. 11 memorial in Scottsdale to honor victims

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a few weeks, America will pause to remember the men, women and children who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001.

Capt. John Ferry is with the Scottsdale Fire Department now, but he worked 25 years at FDNY and retired as captain in Special Operations on Rescue 5.

Ferry's unit was among those hit most drastically, losing 12 men when two hijacked airliners flew into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. His team lost 35 percent of their work force -- friends who showed up for work that day to do their job as firefighters ready to save lives.

They are part of the reason a memorial is rendered at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Thats where all 2,966 victims of the attacks will be remembered for five days starting on Sept. 10

Everyone is welcome to visit the "911 Tribute" Sept. 10-15 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street in Scottsdale.

Ferry says the "911 Tribute" will allow everyone to walk through a living tribute and read cards that display the personal information of each person who died that day.

Ferry also stresses the importance for parents to bring their kids to see the tribute.

"We recognize that we have a generation now that has no real awareness of 9/11," he said. "We must never forget".

A fundraiser is being held Thursday, Aug. 30 at Eli's American Grille in Scottsdale, which is located at 7000 E. Shea Blvd. Proceeds will help the FDNY Retirees Phoenix Division with the costs of putting the "911 Tribute" in place. The fun starts at 5 p.m.