Remembering Our Fallen
Photo by Wade Ward/Prescott Firefighter
June 30th will be the one-year anniversary of the loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots. There are many ways our community will observe the anniversary of this tragic event and celebrate the memory of these men who had such a profound impact on all of us.
The City, along with many other individuals and organizations, is planning activities that will appropriately honor these men and bring our community together in remembrance. This webpage was designed to help facilitate community efforts and organize these activities in one location.
Please check back for updates. Some of the details may be subject to change. If you are planning an activity that you would like to have posted on this webpage, please send information to Communications.
City of Prescott June 30th Memorial Activities
The City will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on June 30th to enable employees to participate in the memorial activities.
The City will be issuing an anniversary proclamation, along with a special announcement.
The memorial service that was held at Tim’s Toyota Center on July 9, 2013, will be rebroadcast along with related programming on June 29-30 on Cable One Access 13 and on June 30 on Prescott Live & Play on Channel 15 (Channel 63 on the digital tier). Those who do not have Cable One or do not live in Prescott can view the program online streaming at www.access13.org.
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. The Prescott National Forest is waiving the day use fees at Thumb Butte on June 30th.
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
The Courthouse Square Ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. off Gurley Street on the north side of the Yavapai County Courthouse. This will be an event to remember and celebrate the lives of these great men.
There will be opening music, an honor guard ceremony and representatives of the Fire Department will provide 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. (official time of their deaths). The City is asking all of the local area churches to ring their bells at the same time as well. Following the ringing of the bells, there will be a moment of silence and then the Prescott Veterans Memorial Pipers will play "Amazing Grace".
"A Fire Department Remembers"
It is an exhibit dedicated to the GMHS 19, with memories shared by fellow firefighters. Included in the exhibit will be the history of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the fires they fought. This unique exhibit was inspired by the fence at Station 7; those wishing to leave memorial tributes will have fence within the exhibit to utilize. The exhibit runs Sunday, June 29th-Saturday, July 5th at the Hotel St. Michael from 10-6 daily. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Prescott Fire Department with the support of Prescott Fire.
Tribute Fence Preservation Project
The Tribute Fence Preservation Project has partnered with the Arizona Memory Project, through the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and Prescott Public Library, to create a "virtual museum" website to provide worldwide access to the items preserved from the "Fire Station 7 Memorial Fence" and other locations.
On June 30, 2014, the Tribute Fence Preservation Project will unveil a sampling of the 10,380 archived items left at Prescott Fire Station 7 and other Prescott Fire Stations as well as art objects, letters and cards received by the Prescott Fire Department from June 30 through September 10, 2013.
The Tribute Fence Preservation Project volunteers will continue to add items over the coming months to complete an online exhibit until the entire collection is displayed. People throughout the world will be able to view photos or objects and read, condolence letters, and sympathy cards from the Tribute Fence archives.
The Arizona Memory Project goal is to "preserve Arizona history and provide access to that history". The Tribute Fence Preservation Project has preserved the outpouring of sympathy and caring demonstrated by the Prescott area community and the world. June 30, 2014 will begin the sharing of this precious history.
Basin Lake Theatre Project is pleased to announce the debut of a new work by musician, author and actor Ered Matthew. The Fence is the story of the community and world-wide outpouring of support following the loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew on 30 June, 2013 told in the words of those who left tributes at Station 7, and the amazing group who lovingly catalogued and preserved those items. The play is scheduled to be performed at Prescott Center for the Arts beginning July 10, 2014, with additional venues to be added.
Prescott United Methodist Church
To honor the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, Prescott United Methodist Church will hold a short Taize service led by Pastor Claire Saunders and Pastoral Assistant Patti Blackwood. The service will be followed by candle lighting for those who wish to attend. Taize is a Christian worship service which includes music, prayer and periods of silence. All are welcome to participate in singing, meditation and silent reflection.
In order to allow sufficient time for people to arrive from the Courthouse Square, we will begin with reflective music at 5:15 and the service will start at 5:30. Worship is open to all who wish to attend and offer communal remembrance and hope. After the service, Stephen Ministers will be available to offer one-on-one comforting support.
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Ham Radio "Special Event"
The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club, operating as The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Radio Club will be operating a special event station on June 30, 2014 in the Industrial Arts Lab (room 404) of Granite Mountain Middle School, 1800 Williamson Valley Rd. Follow the yellow signs to the back parking lot. Using the call sign N7GMH, we will attempt to make contact with as many amateur radio stations around the country as possible during the timeframe of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time Monday, June 30, 2014 (1400 UTC to 0100 UTC). During the event, each hour we will recognize two of the 20 member “Hotshot” crew, the 19 fallen and the lone survivor. A special QSL Certificate will be awarded to each operator contacted. Visitors are encouraged during the day, and licensed Amateur Radio Operators will be welcome to operate the station.
One Year Later, Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Service
One year after the Yarnell Hill Fire claimed the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots, the Prescott community will be gathering for a service of remembrance, healing and prayer, on Sunday, June 29 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, at 9a.m. A second identical service will be held at 10:30a.m. On the final Sunday of June 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire forever changed the Prescott community and its people. One year later, on the same Sunday, this gathering offers the community a special time of remembering and uniting. The gathering is titled "We unite, We remember, We heal." Local pastor John Dickerson, who helped lead the Candlelight Vigil at Prescott High School last July, hopes this service will bring consolation and peace to those affected by the fire. "This is an opportunity for us to show our continued support as a community, for us to reunite around the message of hope and healing," Dickerson said. The event will include songs chosen by fire community family members and brief times of prayer. It is hosted by Cornerstone Church and is open to all members of the community. For more information, visit: PrescottCornerstone.com
Note: This event is not in any way connected to the City of Prescott government or its own independent memorial service plans.
Contact: Pastor Dan Rydberg
Mobile: (928) 308-0854
Office: (928) 776-0121
The Town of Prescott Valley
The Town of Prescott Valley will host a display of Granite Mountain Hot Shot and American flags from Saturday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 1 at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E Civic Circle, Prescott Valley. Everyone is invited to visit, reflect and pay their respects to the 19 men who gave their lives protecting us. The flags will be lit at night.
If you are planning an activity that you would like to have posted on this webpage, please send information to Communications.