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The City of Santa Clarita will host the 9th Annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance on Wednesday, September 10 at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The event will begin with the inaugural Walk of Remembrance at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance at 7:15 p.m.

The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance honors Santa Clarita youth 24 and younger who lost their lives on the road, and serves as a powerful reminder about the importance of safe driving.

“Motor vehicle collisions remain the number one cause of death for teens, with texting and driving accounting for more than 3,000 teen fatalities each year,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste. “The City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force host the annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance to honor the young Santa Clarita lives lost due to traffic-related incidents, and remind the entire community about the importance of being safe, sober and focused behind the wheel.”

For the first time, the Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance will begin with the Walk of Remembrance. The entire community is invited to take part in the walk to show support and walk alongside friends and neighbors who lost loved ones behind the wheel.

The Santa Clarita Youth Grove was created in 2005 by the City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The half-acre memorial is home to 91 individual pillars, each with a plaque bearing the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident. The pillars surround a central monument urging the community to “Know More” about safe driving habits and to pledge that “No More” young lives will be lost behind the wheel.

For more information on the 2014 Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance or the inaugural Walk of Remembrance, contact the City’s Community Services Division at (661) 250-3727 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/BlueRibbon.

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29 Comments

  1. Justin and Jamie Knopf

  2. Brian Schulz says:

    Half the people on that list are from racing and drunk driving… I don’t think they should have their names on plaque for their own stupidity

    • Where did you come up with that bogus statistic?

    • Brian Schulz says:

      The Youth Grove is for the Santa Clarita community – particularly our youth – to use, and to reflect upon the unfortunate consequences of drinking and driving, and of reckless driving.

    • Brian Schulz says:

      Now why dont you look up all the names on those logs and see how each person died…. most from drunk driving and racing….. Call “my” stats bogus all you want but the whole reason this was created was in the hope other kids would learn from others mistakes

  3. Sandra Caipo says:

    Are they adding names to it??

  4. Aja Davee says:

    Brian Schulz that’s not true

  5. Jenn Hemingway, Danny had a spot here.

  6. Tiffani I know I went to the very first opening of this and have the booklet of names/stories from then somewheres

  7. Wow Brian I can’t believe you really just posted that . A life lost is a life lost regardless of how it happened. Obviously you have never lost anyone in your life or you are just a cold person .

  8. Rip Jaime Arias and Jen Stift

  9. I wonder if my good old friend Roberts name is on there who died in a car accident in 2002. Better picture please

  10. There are names and ages ranging from 4 yrs old to 24 yrs old. I went there last week and saw Kristy Bodke’s name as well. Even though I didn’t know her, she went to Saugus with many of my friends. Tori Alcantar ??

  11. Sarah Alarid, Dakota DeMott, Jenn Stift.

  12. Trent Boser says:

    Macy is there also… She was 5 and died July 7, 2011 miss you moo moo

  13. Jonathan Ronaldo Guzman Angelica Araya a reminder to drive safe and not take life and the privilege of driving for granted.

  14. Lara Maria O’hanyan

  15. Jen oscarson says:

    Jamie and Justin Knopf always in my heart!0

  16. JEAN TATUM says:

    Rip jamie and justin !!! It has been over 20 years! I miss you friend!! You will always have special place in my heart!!

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