Auburn’s Veterans Day focuses on women at war

By: Journal Staff Report
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A downtown parade and after-parade celebration will mark this year’s Veterans Day in Auburn. Women in the U.S. armed forces will be targeted as honorees and specially struck medals will be given to participants at the parade. Jodi Lesnikowski, American Legion Post 84 commander, said the parade salutes all veterans but the Auburn event usually puts the spotlight on a specific group. In past years, that has included Vietnam veterans, Japanese-American veterans and World War II veterans. Lesnikowski said the role of women in the military really goes back to Molly Pitcher’s voluntary heroics in the Revolutionary War but now includes woman veterans who have flown helicopters and done their duty in war zones. “It’s not only nurses but a lot of women who started out as enlisted personnel and became officers,” she said. Veterans are encouraged to arrive by 10:30 a.m. to prepare for the parade. The parade starts at 10:45 a.m. on Lincoln Way at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce building in Downtown Auburn. It ends at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Free hot dogs will be served at the post-parade event in the fairgrounds’ Armory Building. – Gus Thomson