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Walk of Remembrance

OW Staff Writer | 9/2/2016, 9:25 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting residents to attend the Walk of Remembrance beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 7 ...

The city of Santa Clarita is inviting residents to attend the Walk of Remembrance beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 7 to promote safe driving and to show support for families who have lost loved ones in traffic-related incidents. The event will take place at the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The one-half-acre Youth Grove memorial is dedicated to educating the community about safe driving and offers a place for reflection. Each year, residents, city officials and the Blue Ribbon Task Force host the Walk of Remembrance to help local families honor youth ages 24 years and younger who have died as the result of traffic accidents.

“This powerful event helps to raise community awareness about the importance of responsible driving,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar. “Reckless and distracted driving is not just something that needs to be reinforced in teens, but in all residents, and the Walk of Remembrance brings much needed attention to the issue.”

The walk will be followed by an Evening of Remembrance ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Both events will take place at the Youth Grove.

The Youth Grove features 102 individual pillars, each bearing a plaque with the name of a young life lost to a traffic-related incident. The pillars are said to mimic cut tree stumps to symbolize a young life “cut short” on the road and they surround a central monument urging the community to “know more” about safe driving habits and pledge that “no more” young lives be lost behind the wheel.

For more details, call the Santa Clarita Arts and Events office at (661) 250-3708 or visit www.santa-clarita.com/BlueRibbon.