On a cloudless morning Saturday, more than 100 people gathered in Memorial Park to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks nine years ago. Veterans, officers and firefighters joined the crowd in remembering the event, organized for the fourth consecutive year by the Young Republicans of La Cañada Flintridge.
"It's important to never forget that we are a peaceful, freedom-loving country and that our peacefulness and our loving nature was disturbed nine years ago by people who were misguided and who felt that their worship of God dictates that they should kill people who feel differently than they do," said Al Restivo, chairman of the La Cañada Republican Committee, which sponsors the youth group. "If we were to allow ourselves to forget this event, then we would be destined to have it repeated again. We really need to stay mindful of this for as long as it takes."