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Remembering 7 years ago

Local events honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

Posted: September 9, 2008 8:46 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.

New York harbor as it looked in May 1996, with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the Manhattan skyline -- with World Trade Center towers -- in the distance.

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The following events will be held Thursday in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.:

n Fire Station 126 will honor its fallen heroes and is inviting the public to join. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. Local captains and the fire chief will speak and say the fireman's prayer. They will also ring the bell to signal the last alarm for fallen heroes. Station 126 is located at 26320 Citrus St., Valencia.

n The county Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a tribute walk from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. around the track at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex. There will also be a moment of silence, music and crafts for children. The sports complex is at 31230 Castaic Road in Castaic.

n Richard Rioux Park Senior Club will host a free event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in association with the Hands and Hearts ministry. The park is located at 26233 West Faulkner Dr. in Stevenson Ranch.

n The Unitarian Universalists of the Santa Clarita Valley host a movie night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Vincenzo's Pizza in Newhall. The movie, "Encounter Point," chronicles the lives of people who have initiated efforts to create peace during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wafa Shami, program director of the Middle East Peace Educational Program, is scheduled to speak after the movie. For eight years, she served the United Nations Works for Palestine refugees in Jerusalem. For more information, visit www.uuofscv.org/ or call (661) 254-7866.

n Valencia United Methodist Church will open its sanctuary from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday for the community to pray and meditate. A self-guided meditation booklet featuring suggested Scriptures and written prayers is available for visitors. At 7 p.m. a more formal worship service is scheduled. Lasting less than 30 minutes, the service includes music, prayer and reflections led by the Rev. Joni Messenger and the Rev. John Shaver. The church is located at 25718 McBean Parkway in Valencia. Call (661) 255-1301 for more information.

n Heroes of the Red Cross at the Hyatt Valencia at 7 a.m. A breakfast honoring local first responders and a fundraiser.

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