Names of youth under the age of 24 who lost their lives to traffic-related accidents are being accepted for the city of Santa Clarita’s Annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance.
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The event will be hosted at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 at the Youth Grove at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.
The most recent traffic-incident involving a youth was Andrew A. Reynoso, 18, of Newhall who died on San Francisquito Canyon Road in Valencia after his car spun out and was hit by another vehicle.
To submit a name to be displayed at the Youth Grove, parents must complete a signed release form and submit it to the city’s Community Services Division, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, by Friday, July 25.
“The Youth Grove provides an outlet for the community to reflect upon the tragic consequences of drinking and driving, and serves as a solemn reminder of the importance of being responsible behind the wheel,” commented Mayor Laurene Weste. “Each year, the city and the Blue Ribbon Task Force host the Evening of Remembrance to honor the young men and women who lost their lives too soon, and inspires our community to practice safe, sober driving.”
All names submitted for the Youth Grove will be presented at the Annual Evening of Remembrance on pillars that mimic cut tree stumps to represent a young life cut too short on the road. 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.
The half-acre Youth Grove memorial is dedicated to educating the community about safe driving and offers a place for reflection. It is home to 84 individual pillars, each with a plaque bearing the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident.
Prior to the Evening of Remembrance, community members are invited to participate in the inaugural Walk of Remembrance. The walk will begin at 6:45 p.m. at Central Park and will reinforce the importance of safe driving.
For more information on the Youth Grove or to obtain a release form, contact Community Services at (661) 250-3727 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/BlueRibbon.
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Source: Santa Clarita News