Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic day when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew were killed outside Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The city of Prescott AZ is observing the anniversary with a moment of silence and ringing of the bell at 4:42pm; along with an honor guard ceremony beginning at 4pm. A reading of the names of the 19 firefighters that perished will be read by Patrick McCarty, a former Granite Mountain Hotshot; along with words from newly appointed Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light.
The city is also planning the following tributes:
Tribute hike: Participants will follow members of the Prescott Fire Department along the Thumb Butte Trail, a popular workout spot for the Granite Mountain Hotshots at 9am on June 30. The hike to the summit takes approximately 45 minutes.
"A Fire Department Remembers": An exhibit honoring the lives of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots will be on display from June 29 – July 5 at the Hotel St. Michael. The exhibit includes items left outside the team's base at Fire Station 7.
Tribute Fence Preservation Project: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and Prescott Public Library will unveil a virtual museum containing some of the more than 10,000 items collected and archived from the fence at Station 7 – the former home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Hundreds of visitors left t-shirts, photos, artwork, candles, crosses and more that filled a chain-link fence surrounding the station. The digital project debuts June 30.