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Mayors’ meal draws hundreds

Posted: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, front, joins attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance at the 7th annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia in Valencia on Thursday. More than 340 people attended the event.

Dante Acosta received a standing ovation from the 340 people who attended the Mayors Prayer Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Thursday after thanking Santa Clarita Valley residents for their support after his son Rudy was killed in March while serving in Afghanistan.

“I want to thank this community,” Dante Acosta said. “There have been far too many families who have gone through this same situation here in the Santa Clarita Valley. When we send young men and woman to fight for their country, they’re fighting for this flag, they’re fighting for the right for all of us to be here. ... Rudy knew that.”

Speakers at the breakfast delivered messages honoring the military and elected officials at all levels of government for serving their country. Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean said news of Osama bin Laden’s death was mixed. While his death was a collective emotional boost for the country, it came at the cost of servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We’ve lost some of our sons and daughters, and some right here in our community,” McLean said. “The only thing we can say is, ‘Our heart is with all of those who are fighting for us.’”

Several states celebrated Thursday as a National Day of Prayer, according to reports. Proceeds from Santa Clarita’s event will be donated to local charities, said Joe Messina, chairman of the 2011 SCV Mayors Prayer Breakfast Committee.


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