September – A Time for Reflection
This is a time of the year when I reflect on how far the CV Weekly has come since its humble beginnings at the kitchen table in 2009. Not only was September 2009 the birth of the Crescenta Valley Weekly but it was also when it became obvious that the Station Fire was going to be a major disaster for Southern California (yes it was six years ago that the Station Fire darkened the skies over the Crescenta Valley).
But this is also a time of reflection for the nation as we pause to pay our respects to those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Many question how to honor the memories of those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania field near Shanksville. Locally, Dwight Sityar, working with the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, created a Remembrance Ride, a motorcade that begins just after 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 and travels throughout the Crescenta Valley. Dwight is an active member of the Early Rodders car club and has fostered the Remembrance Ride to a point where more than 50 cars are expected to take part in tomorrow’s ride.
I have had the privilege to ride in the motorcade and it is an awesome experience. There are hundreds of folks standing outside their homes and businesses, hundreds of students perched on the curb outside their schools, all waving and hollering as the cars pass by. I’m honored, too, the CV Weekly is one of the businesses that the motorcade passes by (you can see the cars passing by in the photo). This year, the route has been expanded so the motorcade can accommodate the many requests that came into the chamber from locations that wanted to be on the route. On page 7, you will find the map of the route. We will also have it online at www.cvweekly.com/NEWS.
In addition to the morning remembrance, Bob Smith Toyota is hosting an evening event at 7 p.m. It is not very long, but honors emergency responders.
I hope you are able to take part in one, or both, of these events. It’s important to never forget what this country experienced 14 years ago and to honor the memory of those lost.