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9/11 remembered

Local schools and groups hold events to remember Sept. 11 attacks

Posted: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Jaden Clinkscales, 8, left, sings with his third-grade classmates at the Patriot Day ceremony held at Bridgeport Elementary School in Valencia on Tuesday.

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Anthony Mercado wanted to make sure his musical Patriot Day tribute to the armed forces, a year in the making, hit home with his audience at Canyon High School.

“I started it at 2 a.m. on the night of the 10th anniversary,” the high school senior said. “I was touched, and I thought about it and the significance of (9/11), and I just started writing.”

He hopes the hip hop song he wrote and performed in front of his school for Patriot Day on Tuesday ensures his peers will never forget, either, he said.

Mercado’s lunchtime performance was one of dozens that took place throughout the Santa Clarita Valley on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

At Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park, a partnership with Hands and Hearts from Christ Lutheran Church helped create care packages for troops overseas, according to Doug Newell, recreation services supervisor for the park.

And of course, there was the chili cook-off, which was hosted by the park’s Senior Club.

“We started it last year, and it was a hit, and so we decided to continue it this year, and the winner gets a large trophy,” Newell said of the cook-off.

A schoolwide assembly of about 1,300 was held at Bridgeport Elementary School, where, like at many other schools, a day of remembrance was held, said Bridgeport Principal Susan Bender.

“It’s a day of reflection for our staff, and it’s a day where we come together as a school community, and we recognize the parents who are our heroes, whether they are firefighters, police officers or hospital workers,” Bender said. “And we also recognized our parents and family members who are deployed.”

Several other area elementary schools held flag ceremonies and assemblies Tuesday.

Few of the events were initiated and led by students such as Mercado, who performs under the stage name “Young Love.”

“I’ve always had a big respect for the military, and I know that they serve this country with a lot of honor,” Mercado said.

“I think the students need to be aware of what went on,” he said. “Today’s a day you should remember.”

psmith@the-signal.com

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