Would you be surprised to learn that Santa Clarita is home to more than 10,000 veterans?  Our community is well-known for valuing our veterans, active military and their families.  Their sacrifices for our country can never really be repaid in full but in Santa Clarita, we do our best to honor them throughout the year.

On Veterans Day, November 11 at 11 a.m., the City will host a special tribute to Veterans and currently-serving military at the Veterans Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall located at 24275 N. Walnut Street.  Several military organizations will participate in the event, along with the Santa Clarita City Council.  The Veterans Day event is free and open to the public.

Our Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program is going strong with several local military featured on streetlight pole banners on major thoroughfares, three times per year.  The banners are installed for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day and feature the name of the military member, their rank, branch of military and photo.  If you are interested in having purchasing a military banner, or would like to see the list of current military banner program honorees, please visit the City’s website at santa-clarita.com/heroes.  The banners are available year-round and local sponsorship has enabled the City to provide deep discounts (sometimes complete sponsorship) for the banners.

Finally, if you have visited the Veterans Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall, you may have noticed the engraved bricks that surround the plaza.  If you are interested in ordering a brick to be engraved and placed in the Plaza, they are available for a $100 donation.  There are three types of bricks available:

Honor Roll Bricks are reserved for military veterans killed in the line of duty, or for recipients of a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Gallantry Cross, or for veterans who have otherwise been cited for bravery. These bricks have a star engraved in the bottom right corner. Service Roll Bricks are reserved for any military veteran – past, present, living, or deceased. Community Bricks are available for organizations and individuals who wish to support military veterans, or Veterans Historical Plaza.  For more information or to download an order form, visit the City’s website at santa-clartia.com.

Bob Kellar is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at bkellar@santa-clarita.com



On October 4 at 10:00 a.m., the City and its partners will celebrate the completion of the Golden Valley Bridge Widening project, as well as dedicate the bridge for City co-founder and community activist Connie Worden-Roberts.  The event will be held adjacent to the park-and-ride lot on Golden Valley Road. For more information or to RSVP, call the City of Santa Clarita at 661-255-4939.

This year’s Marathon, sponsored by Parkway Motors, Boston Scientific, Children’s Hospital L.A., Kaiser Permanente, Whole Foods and BJ’s Restaurant will be held on Sunday, November 6. The event will include the Marathon, Half Marathon, a 5K run, Mayor’s Walk and a Kid K run. All races will begin at 7:00 a.m., with the exception of the Kid K, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information on these events and the Health and Fitness Expo held the day before, visit SCMarathon.org.

If you would like to hear first-hand what is happening in our City, I invite you to attend our annual State of the City Luncheon on Thursday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. Hosted by the Santa Clarita City Council, the luncheon event is open to the public and you can RSVP online at: santa-clarita.com/sotc16, or by calling 661-255-4939.  The cost is $40 per person.

Thank you for your interest in Santa Clarita. I appreciate your taking time to learn more about what is happening in our great City. Feel free to email me directly with your comments, suggestions and ideas at: kstriplin@santa-clarita.com.