Memorial Pays Tribute to ‘Lives Cut Short’
On an unseasonably warm and sunny February morning, nearly 300 residents gathered in a corner of Central Park in Saugus on Saturday to pay tribute to lost loved ones.
In a ceremony lasting about an hour, city officials dedicated the Santa Clarita Youth Grove, designed as a memorial to local young people up to age 24 who were killed in car crashes.
“We’re here because of choices, and in choices there are consequences,” said City Councilman Frank Ferry, who paused several times to choke back tears. “We’re here to remember great lives cut short.”
Located in a corner of the park under a stand of oak trees, the memorial features a central monument surrounded by individual pillars made to look like cut tree stumps — representing those lives that were cut short.
On the center monument is the “kNOw more” vow written by Debbie Knight, who was involved in getting the memorial project off the ground.
The vow reads in part: “Our children are our most precious gifts. They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, loved ones and friends. Join us in a cry that no more names will be added to this memorial.”
The project was in development for three years by the city’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, a group formed in 2000 to address issues facing local youth, including drug and alcohol abuse.
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