Evening of Remembrance draws attention to young lives lost

Candles atop tree stumps representing the lives cut short at the Youth Grove at Central Park ahead of the annual Walk of Remembrance on Wednesday, honoring Santa Clarita residents age 24 or under who died in car-related accidents. KATHARINE LOTZE/Signal. 10142015

The City of Santa Clarita invites local residents to attend the Walk of Remembrance to promote safe driving and show support for families who lost loved ones in traffic-related incidents. The community walk will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, prior to the City’s annual Evening of Remembrance at the Youth Grove at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The City of Santa Clarita’s half-acre Youth Grove memorial is dedicated to educating the community about safe driving and offers a place for reflection. Each year, the City and the Blue Ribbon Task Force host the Evening of Remembrance to help local families honor youth ages 24 and younger who have lost their lives in traffic-related incidents.

“The annual Evening of Remembrance is an important reminder of the dangers of reckless and distracted driving,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “It is our responsibility as a community to drive safely and eliminate fatal traffic accidents in Santa Clarita.”

The Walk of Remembrance will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

The Youth Grove at Central Park is now home to 105 individual pillars, each bearing a plaque with the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident. The pillars mimic cut tree stumps to symbolize young lives 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 will be lost behind the wheel.

For more information on the Youth Grove and the Walk of Remembrance, contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3708 or visit www.santa-clarita.com.


SOURCE: City of Santa Clarita

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