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Healing Field At Tempe Town Lake Pays Tribute To Victims Of 9/11

Natalie Jan
(Photo by Holliday Moore - KJZZ)
Natalie Jan reads a card to her 2-year-old daughter.

Millions of Americans are taking a moment Monday to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago. 

As commercial jets flew overhead in and out of Sky Harbor Airport, individuals waited patiently for a parking space at Tempe Town Lake. They’re here to see the Healing Field.

“To say prayers for the people that passed away," said 10-year-old Cecelia Damon, who was dwarfed by the nearly 3,000 flags standing in neat, seemingly endless rows.

She came here with her dad and her 12-year-old brother, Jacob.

“I didn’t expect this many flags, there are lots and lots,” said Jacob. “It just makes you feel a little sad inside, because all of these people were just so innocent and didn’t deserve this.”

Natalie Jan stopped to read a card to her 2-year-old, and it all came into perspective.

“'Dana Folkenburg, 3, was travelling with her father, Charles Falkenburg, mother, Lindsey Whittington and her sister Zoey.' So she was 3 years old," said Jan.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured that day as terrorists forced two passenger jets into the Twin Towers, a third into the Pentagon and a fourth into Pennsylvania farmland.

“It’s an event that we should never forget. I remember feeling the pain that day and I brought my children to educate them on the courage people went through to try and save lives,” said Andrew Damon.

Many of those who died were the first responders trying to save lives trapped in New York’s crumbling Twin Towers.

Monday evening at a 5:45 p.m., a full presentation will begin with the annual reading of all first responders killed while trying to save others on Sept. 11, 2001.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.