Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park marks Sept. 11

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. --  When people talk about Sept. 11, 2001, you often hear the phrase, 'We will never forget.' For so many that is true, and the Tempe Beach Park 9/11 Memorial makes sure of it in a personal way in the Valley.

Music added to the experience Monday night as several choirs performed patriotic music surrounded by the thousands of flags honoring all who died that day.

People of all ages, couples, families and kids could be seen walking through the flags, looking at the victims' names and their stories. Many are people like Valerie Chavarria, who want the children in her family who weren't born yet and were too young to remember to learn about what this loss means to our country.

"It was a really important event so it's something I want them to know about and respect it," she said.

Al Scrignar and his wife were visiting the Healing Field for the first time.

"The ones that just were innocent," he said. "This didn't have to be, the little small ones, the 3-year-old, the 8-year-old and then the firefighters and really everybody who was involved with this, it's just senseless.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the Healing Field will host a morning service at 5:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center, followed by a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m.