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9/11 memorial ceremony held in Goodyear

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9/11 flag-raising ceremony in Goodyear on Sunday. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) 9/11 flag-raising ceremony in Goodyear on Sunday. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
A moment of prayer and solemn reflection. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) A moment of prayer and solemn reflection. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)

A 9/11 memorial ceremony was held in Goodyear on Sunday morning as the 12th anniversary of a terrorist attacks approaches.

The United Goodyear Firefighters L4005, in partnership with the City of Goodyear and the Goodyear fire and police departments, hosted the special morning of remembrance.

The event was held at Goodyear Fire Station #183, located at 3075 North Litchfield Rd.

A flag raising ceremony took place at 7:30 a.m. followed by a short memorial service.

A pancake breakfast was served immediately following the memorial service by Goodyear firefighters. and donations will be accepted. All donations will go to the United Goodyear Firefighters Charities, which in turn will directly support local charities.

A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs - some of them surprisingly joyous.

Composer and pianist Jake Heggie said that his new album titled "here/after (songs of lost voices)" is meant "to create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win."

The singers, including baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Talise Trevigne, tell the stories of 9/11 survivors from around the country, expressing feelings about lost loved ones as they sort belongings left behind. One set of songs is called "Pieces of 9-11."

A firefighter from Texas Task Force 1 who had combed through the smoking ground zero rubble says, "And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on."

Songwriter Gene Scheer, a Grammy award nominee, listened to real people to find words for the lyrics.

Adults and children shared sometimes whimsical stories about dead spouses, fathers and friends - even about the pregnant woman who perished on United Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought back the terrorists.

Her surviving husband faces the emotionally tricky questions, in the words of one song: "What's beyond your anger? What's beyond your sorrow?"

The double CD will be released Oct. 21, by PentaTone Classics.

The stories from 9/11 are not static - etched in history, said the composer.

"A dozen years later, stories continue to emerge, evolve and yearn to be told," said Heggie, who lives in San Francisco and relied on New York resident Scheer to interview survivors.

They all have one thing in common: None is a New York resident, though the city is the site of their loss.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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