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UPDATE: 9/11 tributes and service mark 12th anniversary of attacks

Posted: September 11, 2013 12:58 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2013 12:58 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy first-grader John Hunter straightens one of the 2,977 American flags on the school's front lawn today honoring 9/11 victims. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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SANTA CLARITA - Whether they were packing boxes, painting wall or signing posters, scores of local volunteers got busy Wednesday honoring the 9/11 first responders in recognition of the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

HandsOn Santa Clarita, a band of local volunteers, launched an inaugural 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance on Wednesday by honoring local sheriff’s deputies and firefighters.

“We just want to serve those who serve us,” said Bethany Bryski, a HandsOn Santa Clarita volunteer, as she supervised the boxing of donations to be delivered to local fire stations.

“We had 15 extra people show up today to volunteer,” she said at the Newhall Library. “So it’s been amazing how many people wanted to participate in this event.”

Elsewhere in the area, volunteers with various cruise lines including Princess Cruises volunteered in Sylmar for Habitat for Heroes, an initiative in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to help house disabled veterans.

Students at Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia held a special morning tribute to those killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Late afternoon and evening tributes were planned at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park in Stevenson Ranch, where care packages for American troops overseas were to be put together, and at Route 66 in Canyon Country, where a bag piper and others were set to honor first responders who gave their lives in the attacks.

The HandsOn group drew more than four dozen volunteers — young and old, all wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “9/11” in big letters — to the Newhall Library to pack boxes with books and household items for firefighters.

Another group turned out at the Sheriff’s Station to paint.

“We’ve got 20 people, including five people from Home Depot, cleaning and painting two of the rooms at the station here,” said Neil Shah, a HandsOn volunteer working at station.

On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people died when jets hijacked by terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and into a field near Shanksville, Pa.
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