Appropriately, across our country this week the spotlight has been aimed on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. In La Cañada, the Young Republican Club is sponsoring a memorial service on Sunday, as it has for the past few years, to reflect on the events of 9/11. The service is set for 2 p.m. in the courtyard of La Canada Presbyterian Church. It will be a solemn cap to the city’s 9.10.11 weekend, which you can read about elsewhere in the Valley Sun today.
All the talk about the anniversary led me to look back on our reporting of the 9/11 events. I was reminded that in the days leading up to the attacks, La Cañadans were just easing into the back-to-school routine, with classes having started on Sept. 4 that year. It was an opening that was “as smooth as silk,” according to Lily Ogden, then the principal at La Cañada Elementary School.