The city of Santa Clarita invites 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 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, prior to the city’s annual Evening of Remembrance at the Youth Grove starting at 7:30 p.m.
Both events will take place at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91350.
“The annual Evening of Remembrance is an important reminder of the dangers of reckless and distracted driving,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “I encourage all parents with teens to attend this event with their children. It shows the true danger and tragedy that can come as the result of reckless driving, and brings the community together so we can help protect the ones we love.”
The city’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 Youth Grove now includes 107 tributes to young people who died in traffic-related incidents, each bearing a plaque with the name of the young life lost. The pillars mimic cut tree stumps to symbolize young lives cut short on the road. 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, call Tess Simgen at 661-250-3726 or visit santa-clarita.com/youthgrove.