Today: Jul 19 , 2019

Remembering the 19
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29 June 2019   John Heiney

Events to commemorate the Yarnell 19.

On June 30, 2013 at 4:42 p.m., 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew gave their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.  Six years later, the City of Prescott and several agencies remember the brave 19 with public tributes.

June 29- The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center will mark its first anniversary by hosting the Central Arizona Fire and Medical (CAFMA) Honor Guard, who will pay tribute to the Hotshots with music.  Also on June 29, The Center will have cake to recognize its first year in existence.  There will also be a commemorative wreath for the 19, on display June 29-30.  GMIHC Center Board members will be on hand to greet visitors, and answer questions throughout the day.

The Center will be open daily from June 28 through July 7. Monday through Saturday 10-4, and Sundays 11-4.  The Center will resume normal hours- Friday and Saturday 10-4 and Sundays 11-4 on July 12.   For more information about the Center, go to gmihc19.org.

June 29—The Granite Mountain Gourd Society will hold a special Gourd Dance, in honor of the Hotshots, at Frontier Village Shopping Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The Gourd Society has been holding the Gourd Dance every year since the tragedy.  All are welcome to honor the lives and sacrifice of the 19, through sacred drum and dance. 

June 30 – The Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott will ring the bell 19 times, beginning at 4:42 p.m.  This will be a silent moment of reflection.  No public comments are planned. To hear the bells, stand on the south side of the Courthouse.

June 30 – The Town of Yarnell will pay tribute to the Hotshots at 4 p.m. at Yarnell Memorial Park in town.  They will feature speakers, including the new head of Arizona State Parks and other dignitaries. There will also be a ringing of bells, and a reading of the names of the fallen.