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Events to honor 9/11 anniversary

Nonprofit to host variety of service projects, commemoration event; school to display flags

Posted: September 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Residents of the Santa Clarita Valley have several options Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

HandsOn Santa Clarita will host a variety of service projects around the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday as a way to help serve those who first responded to and risked their lives after the attacks, where planes were crashed into the World Trade Center complex in New York City and the Pentagon building, leaving almost 3,000 dead.

Those service projects include volunteering at local fire stations, working to help out the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and volunteering to assemble care packages.

Those projects are full, according to the HandsOn website, but those wishing to help out can still do so by donating items for care packages. Items most in need include sleeping bags, socks, basic first aid items and pop top canned goods.

HandsOn Santa Clarita will also host a commemoration event Wednesday evening to honor those that lost their lives in the attacks.

That event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

HandsOn is still looking for volunteers who can help set up for and clean up after the event. Those interested in volunteering can do so online at www.handsonscv.org.

A visual reminder of the toll of the Sept. 11 attacks can be seen at Trinity Classical Academy on Wednesday, where Trinity’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter will host the “9/11 Never Forget Project” on the school’s front lawn.

A total of 2,977 American flags, one representing each life lost in the Sept. 11 attacks, will be assembled on the lawn beginning at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Community members can support the project by sponsoring a flag for $1, according to school officials.

Community members are also invited out to the annual Patriot Day event at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park in Stevenson Ranch. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will be able to write letters and assemble care packages for members of the United States military, as well as participate in other activities such as a chili cook-off.

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