The 10th anniversary of the losses of Sept. 11, and also those in subsequent years in the wars that followed, has taken on a special poignancy to a group of people known as The Compassionate Friends.
So they decided to do something about it.
This Sunday, members of the Verdugo Hills chapter of TCF, a nonprofit support group for parents coping with the loss of the child, will hold a memorial service and balloon release in remembrance of loved ones lost, both in the terrorist attack itself and in subsequent military actions. Because the event falls on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the group extends a special invitation to any locals who may want to join in the memorial event.
From 1 to 3 p.m., people are invited to a potluck picnic at La Cañada Memorial Park that will be followed by a memorial balloon release. Those who take part in the release will be able to write special notes or messages remembering loved ones, tie them to balloon strings and release them simultaneously into the sky, according to chapter co-leader Teri Knowlton, who joined The Compassionate Friends after losing her 19-year-old daughter in a 2007 car accident.