The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to attend the annual Evening of Remembrance on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to remember Santa Clarita Valley youth who have died in traffic-related incidents.
A community Walk of Remembrance, which will begin and end at the Youth Grove will be held at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance ceremony at the Youth Grove in Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.
The city of Santa Clarita’s half-acre Youth Grove offers residents a place to reflect and reminds the community about safe and responsible driving. Each year, Evening of Remembrance attendees remember youth who have lost their lives in traffic-related incidents.
“As a mother, grandmother, resident and Mayor of our great City – I take safety on Santa Clarita streets very seriously,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Even one young life lost on our City roads is one too many. Let this annual Evening of Remembrance serve as a reminder of the dangers and consequences of reckless driving behaviors. As a community, we must all be committed to driving safely and protecting our loved ones.”
The Youth Grove is now home to 114 individual pillars that mimic cut tree stumps to symbolize lives cut short. Each pillar bears a plaque with 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 pledge that “No More” young lives will be lost behind the wheel.
For more information on the Youth Grove and the Evening of Remembrance, contact Tess Simgen at (661) 250-3726 or visit santa-clarita.com/youthgrove.