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The Santa Clarita Valley remembers 9/11

Posted: September 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.

 

Eleven years ago today, a handful of terrorists killed some 3,000 people on American soil through a coordinated attack that devastated parts of the United States and brought the entire country together in stunned unity.

Santa Clarita Valley residents today mark the anniversary of the date that changed America:

Bridgeport Patriots Day

Bridgeport Elementary School is having a Patriot Day assembly at 8:15 a.m. near its flag. Students will be wearing red, white and blue.

After the pledge of allegiance, organizers will introduce local community heroes — officers, firefighters and deputies who’ve been invited. Boy and Girl Scouts will be recognized.

North Park Elementary

North Park Elementary School will celebrate Patriot Day at 8:30 a.m.

The celebration will recognize families of police officers, firefighters and military servicemen. After a moment of silence of fallen heroes and those who lost their lives 11 years ago, the school will sing a patriotic song.

Canyon High School

At 12:15 p.m., during students’ lunch, Canyon High School senior Anthony Mercado will deliver a live performance of a song that he wrote honoring military personnel. To enter the school, check in with the office.

Blood drive

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care and the American Red Cross will keep the events of Sept. 11 alive with a blood drive at the Comfort Keepers building on Lyons Avenue from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Each unit of blood can save up to three or four lives, so we thought what a great day to save lives,” said Diane Blair of Comfort Keepers.

Stevenson Ranch Elementary

At 2 p.m. in the play yard of the school, Principal Candace Flees will introduce students who will give speeches on the meaning of liberty, patriotism and citizenship.

Rioux Park

Families will gather for the seventh annual Patriot Day celebration at Dr. Richard R. Rioux Park in Stevenson Ranch to remember those affected by Sept. 11.

Residents can donate non-perishable items, write letters and send children’s coloring sheets to the overseas troops during the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. event.

A chili cook-off and children’s patriotic chalk-painting contest round out the family event, inviting the kids “to remember 9/11 so it doesn’t fade way,” park manager Doug Newell said.

Rosary Ceremony

Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Catholic Church is hosting a flag ceremony at 6 p.m. and patriotic rosary at 6:30 p.m.

First responders are invited to dress in uniform. Attendees are invited to bring photos of loved ones in the service to be displayed.

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