One-Year Memorial to Honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots
Monday, June 30, 2014
City of Prescott
City Services: The City will close at 3:00 p.m. on June 30th to enable employees to participate in anniversary activities.
Proclamation: The City will be issuing an anniversary proclamation, along with a special announcement.
Memorial Services: The memorial service that was held at Tim's Toyota Center on July 9, 2013, will be rebroadcast along with related programming throughout the day on Cable One Access 13 and Prescott Live & Play on Channel 15 (Channel 63 on the digital tier).
Tribute Hike: The City of Prescott Fire Department and Recreation Services Department along with the Prescott National Forest have organized activities as part of a Tribute Hike up Thumb Butte Trail #33. This trail was one of the favorite locations of the Granite Mountain Hotshots to train for the fire season. The hike is 1.75 miles and there will be courtesy water stations at the start of the trailhead and at the summit.
There will be representatives from the Prescott Fire Department at the Thumb Butte summit at 9 a.m. to share information about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the history of wildfires in the Prescott region and fire wise tips for homeowners and campers. It takes approximately 45 minutes to hike from the bottom up to the summit.
Courthouse Square Ceremony: Special guests will provide opening remarks and then read the names of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots followed by the ringing of the Yavapai County Courthouse bell 19 times at 4:42 p.m. The City is asking all of the local area churches to ring their bells as well. Following the ringing of the bells, a bagpipe band will play remembrance songs including "Amazing Grace". The ceremony will take place off Gurley Street on the north side of the Courthouse.