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Honoring those killed while in their youth

Wednesday vigil will memorialize victims of SCV traffic collisions.

Posted: April 15, 2008 5:00 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Wednesday night, city officials will honor 71 Santa Clarita Valley youth who lost their lives to traffic-related incidents in recent years.

At the third annual Evening of Remembrance at Central Park, officials will read the names of children represented in the park's Youth Grove memorial.

"By having this Evening of Remembrance, we have the opportunity to remember the young ones that we have lost to traffic accidents, and reflect upon the fatal consequences of irresponsible driving," said
Councilman Frank Ferry, who has led the effort for the memorial.

Four names have been added to the memorial since last year, Community Services Analyst Tess Simgen said.

The events seeks to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving.

The individual pillars in the half-acre memorial mimic cut tree stumps to represent a life cut short on the road.

The pillars surround a monument inscribed with the "Know More" vow that encourages young drivers to know more about safe driving habits and pledge that "no more" young lives will be lost due to reckless driving.

Wednesday's event will be held from 7:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

For more information, contact at Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956 or visit


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