Cruise Nite to honor 9-11 first responders

Tribute takes place during final event of the season
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The final Auburn Cruise Nite of the 2012 season rolls into town from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Hundreds of cars from 1972 or older will line Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn as families peruse the classics, listen to music and enjoy food and beverages from a variety of vendors.

Cruise Nite organizer Bob Kennedy said the Cruise crew would love to see more vehicles in a range of conditions come out to the show. Cars do not have to be in pristine condition – it adds to the event to see vehicles in all stages of restoration.

“I’m interested in getting more of the local people to participate,” Kennedy said. “We get a lot of people here who don’t think their cars are pristine enough, and we want to show them that it doesn’t make a difference what they have.”

The last Cruise Nite will feature the traditional 9-11 memorial ceremony, honoring the first responders to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The tribute takes place at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Auburn Promenade and will feature music and guest speakers, including Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn. It is expected to last about 45 minutes.

The program begins with an introduction by the color guard, a combined unit of the Auburn Police and Fire departments. Chaplain John Akers of the Placer County Chaplaincy will give the invocation, followed by the introduction of dignitaries onstage, including Ruffcorn, Auburn Fire Department Chief Mark D’Ambrogi, Supervisor Jim Holmes, City Council member Mike Holmes, Mayor Kevin Hanley and Sgt. 1st Class Fred Goode, California National Guard. The ceremony will conclude with John Dykstra for taps.

Cars on display at Cruise Nite will be given a small American flag to display on their vehicle.

In the days following 9-11, Kennedy remembered, the decision was made to go ahead with the already scheduled Cruise Nite, held just three days after the attacks.

“It was decided to continue on and not let that stop everybody else’s activities,” Kennedy said. “That’s how this thing kind of evolved. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment-type thing. Everybody gathered down by the clock tower, and it just kind of progressed from there.”

~ Krissi Khokhobashvili



Cruise Nite

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; 9-11 ceremony at 7 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn

Cost: Free

Info: (530) 887-1604; (530) 878-7936