The event was held at the site of the future Memorial Park at 22556 S. Highway 89, at the corner of Shrine Road and State Route 89.
Sunday's observance included a flag ceremony, music and brief statements by local leaders and elected officials. The special occasion also featured bagpipes, a traditional ceremonial element in the firefighting fraternity.
Hymns comforted the town as the community remembered its fallen.
Lew Theokas led the ceremony. His only grandson, Garret Zuppinger, was one of the men who died.
"Like his comrades, he was an outstanding young man," Theokas said. "Full of life, always looking for his next adventure and very loving."
Theokas remembers the last time he spoke with Zuppinger. He called to say he was in town fighting the fire and asked his grandmother to bake a batch of cookies.
"Then he said, 'a DC-10 just dropped a load of slurry and I missed it. I gotta go grandpa. Love you. Bye.' He always ended conversations with 'I love you.' Well we love you, too, Garret. We love all of you," Theokas said.
As a tribute to the 19, residents vowed to keep rebuilding - refusing to let the town fold.
A memorial concert Sunday afternoon featured the the debut of In Memoriam, written for the Hotshots by Michael Mazzatenta, an Arizona composer.
Also on Sunday, Prescott and Arizona firefighters, together with families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, paid it forward to the community with an inaugural Spaghetti Western Community Street Event.
Donations collected at the event will benefit Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, which supports local organizations and Prescott families in need, and the 100 Club.
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