Auburn Cruise Nite pays tribute to 9/11

By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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Among the hundreds of classic cars and trucks on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn Friday night, a solemn ceremony born out of the grief of a nation will mark the 10-year anniversary of the deadliest attack on American soil. First started spontaneously at Auburn Cruise Nite just three days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the car show has never stopped honoring the victims of 9/11, hosting a memorial event on the last show of every year. “It’s good to do these things because people have a tendency to forget, and we don’t want people to forget,” said Jack Kenny, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. This year’s no different as the nation commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy. Among the 300-plus classic vehicles that will line the street from 5 to 9 p.m., the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee will be hosting its remembrance at the Auburn Promenade starting at 7 p.m. Directed by Judy Noren, the event will begin with a processional by the Sacramento Freelancers Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps and will be followed by patriotic songs sung by Noren with accompaniment by Parmys Weinberg. A member of the Placer County Chaplaincy will lead an invocation followed by readings from Noren and community leaders. Members of the Auburn Police Department, elected officials and Auburn representatives will be on hand to address the crowd, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will perform the flag ceremony. “I think it’s extremely important,” Noren said in regards to the significance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks and Auburn Cruise Nite’s continued support of the 9/11 remembrance shows. “It’s something an awful lot of young kids don’t know happened, because they weren’t even born yet.” Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at __________ Cruise into Downtown What: 27th season of Auburn Cruise Nite When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9; 9/11 tribute show 7 p.m. Where: Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn Cost: Free