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UPDATED: SCV remembers 9/11 tragedy with local events

Community honors the 2,976 victims of 2001 terrorist attacks

Posted: September 9, 2010 10:05 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2010 12:40 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley residents will mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and honor the memories of the 2,976 victims with a series of local memorial events.

Central Park prayer

A day of patriotic prayer at Central Park led by Dr. Sheryl Reaves, pastor of Fresh Fire Intercession Ministries will include prayer, singing, dancing, poetry, speeches, a folding of the flag and jazz music. The event is free.

The purpose of the event will be to uplift, comfort and encourage the families of 9/11 victims and honor the public servants and fallen soldiers of Santa Clarita, Reaves said.

“Prayer is the most important thing, because ultimately, the Lord says we always need to pray,” Reaves said. “We want to be able to pray for those who are grieving.”

This is the first time Fresh Fire has done an event like this, Reaves said. Reaves believed that God told her to do this event and a lack of funds isn’t deterring her.

“I know that the Lord told me to do this event,” Reaves said. “We don’t have the finances to do it; we’re just asking people to help out.”

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on fields nine and 10 at Central Park in Saugus. Reaves encouraged people to bring their families, friends and neighbors along with their own chairs and food.

“(Our) goal is to to uplift, encourage and remember and come together in unity, patriotism and prayer,” Reaves said.

Hometown Heroes
Another 9/11 event is the Red Cross Hometown Heroes Recognition brunch at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

The fifth annual event will honor local heroes who exemplify the values of the Red Cross by helping others in times of crisis. It will also honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 with a moment of silence.

“(This is) more of a general heroes kind of thing, but 9/11 is an undercurrent of the event,” said Mark Hershey, chairman of the American Red Cross Santa Clarita District Council.

There are several Hometown Hero categories, including an Education Hero, First Responder Hero and an Animal Hero. Heros are nominated by members of the community who think an individual deserves recognition for their heroism or mentor service.

The event is a fundraiser for the Red Cross, and all the money raised will stay local, according to Hershey. The money will be used to purchase supplies for distribution in the event of an emergency in Santa Clarita, Hershey said.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley will be speaking, and former news anchor Rick Chambers will host the event.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door, but seats are limited as 150 to 160 people are expected to attend, Hershey said.

The Santa Clarita Activities Center is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Veterans Memorial
Local elected officials including state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar will attend a 10 a.m. event at the Veterans Memorial Park in Newhall at 24275 Walnut St., Newhall 91321. A flag will be placed in the ground for each of the 2,976 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. and Mrs. Unthank of Stevenson Ranch, parents of Marine Pfc. Jake Suter, will recieve the deed to the brick that will be laid at Veterans Memorial Plaza in his honor.

Richard Rioux
A family event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Richard Rioux Park and the Castaic Sports Complex, located at 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic 91384. Participants are encouraged to bring toiletries, books, puzzles, letters and drawings for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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