Friday marks 19 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America claimed nearly 3,000 lives. 

The Maricopa Tracy P. MacPherson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 12043, in conjunction with the Bernie G. Crouse American Legion Post No. 133, will remember the victims of that tragic day, including the military personnel, firefighters, police officers and paramedics who responded to the attacks.

Sorrento residents to go blue for police, first responders

A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. as part of Patriot Day, designated by President George W. Bush to perpetuate the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, at the Maricopa Veterans Center, 44240 W. Maricopa Casa Grande Highway. 

Lives were lost in three places that day: the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, including 415 first responders. Hundreds and hundreds of others – first responders and people in the vicinity of the New York City attack – lost their lives in the months and years after from exposure to toxins as the twin towers collapsed.