Valley residents remember Sept. 11, 2001, honor victims

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It's a day to remember those innocent lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At 5:46 a.m. Tuesday, which is the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center, a ceremony began at Tempe Beach Park next to the Healing Field memorial.
Names of all those who died were read by politicians, Valley residents and family members like Michael McAvoy who now call the Valley their home.
"When that first building came down, it was like I walked over somebody's grave. I just knew it was my brother. I just knew he would be in those buildings trying to get people out. He was the ultimate firefighter,” McAvoy said.
A downpour in the middle of the ceremony caused some problems, but it wasn't enough to cause people to leave. Instead, they just found shelter. Mike Jacobson, on the other hand, stood out in the rain.
"Did they move? Yhey ran into buildings collapsing, did whatever it took to take it. I can stand out here and pay respect,” Jacobson said.
Put up by more than 200 volunteers, each of the nearly 3,000 flags at the Healing Field represents a life lost in the terrorist attacks. Each one has a marker describing the person was and where they died on Sept. 11, 2001.
The flags will be up until Wednesday morning.
Another ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will be a candlelight vigil that’s free to the public.