Tempe remembers 9/11 victims

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Tempe Healing Field 9/11 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo) Tempe Healing Field 9/11 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's been 16 long years since that fateful day when terrorists attacked the very heart of our country on September 11, 2001.

Throughout the years, countless memorials have been held each year to remember what we lost that day.

In Tempe, hundreds of volunteers from veterans to ROTC units helped to place nearly 3,000 flags representing each person lost in the attacks.

Each flag has a name and a back story. The memorial is called the "Healing Field."  Every year, these flags are put in Tempe Beach Park.

Every year the key note speaker, Donna Bird tells her story about the day she lost her husband.

Donna's husband Gary was in the North Tower when the plane struck on that beautiful, clear Tuesday morning.  It was only his second day of work when his life was taken.

A candlelight vigil is held to remember people like Gary and to teach future generations about the worst terrorist attack in our history. 

[RELATED: Tempe honors victims of 9/11 with annual 'Healing Field' tribute]

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