Remembering 9/11 20 years later

Zaylie Windsor sings the "Star Spangled Banner" as part of the 9/11 rememberance on Safford's Main Street Saturday. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was remembered Saturday by a pair of events.

Eastern Arizona College conducted its annual stair climb of the bleachers at John Mickelson Field, with participants walking 2,071 stairs to duplicate the number of stairs first responders climbed to rescue victims in the towers of the World Trade Center.

A giant American flag is raised to the sky thanks to the Safford Fire Department’s ladder truck. – David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

The other was put on by Code 4 First Aid and Hometown Market on Safford’s Main Street.

Under a giant American flag held aloft by the Safford Fire Department’s ladder truck, residents heard patriotic music — including the national anthem by Kaylie Windsor — and a speech by Safford Mayor Jason Kouts.

“The community is ready to get together and start sharing Main Street, start sharing in opening our community back up,” Kouts said.

Safford Mayor Jason Kouts, with the help of his wife Maria, reads his opening remarks during the 20th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 Saturday. – David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

Following the patriotic program, residents shopped an expanded Hometown Market, with home-based businesses in both The Venue and in booths on Main Street.

Gila Valley Food Coalition was also on-hand with a farmer’s market, offering shopping fresh vegetables and greens, as well as locally-sourced honey and order for fresh meats.

The Venue was packed with shoppers for the Hometown Market Saturday. More vendors filled Safford’s Main Street. – David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central