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Local tributes planned for 9-11 anniversary

By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn residents will gather today and Friday evening to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. On Friday, the flag will fly at half-staff at police and fire department buildings in Auburn. Placer County buildings also will have flags at half-staff, public information officer Anita Yoder said. Friday’s Cruise Nite in Downtown Auburn will include a musical tribute, “In Remembrance of 9-11,” with keyboardist Gus Pearson. The 9-11 tribute, coordinated by the Cruise Nite committee and the Downtown Auburn Business Association, will include a flag ceremony in front of the Promenade Building on Lincoln Way, presented by members of the Auburn Area Honor Guard. Three veterans — an Air Force, Navy and Marine retiree — will hoist the flag, Honor Guard commander Terry Crouson said Wednesday. The flag is raising will include a rendition of the National Anthem. “There will be a lot of veterans there, but not necessarily in veteran’s hats,” Crouson said. On Thursday, Grace Christian Fellowship will host a 9-11 memorial at Recreation Park, honoring emergency responders including Auburn Police and Fire Department officers, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Placer County Chaplaincy and Gold Country Chaplaincy. It’s the group’s third time to put on the tribute, which has grown each year. “We probably have five times more sponsors this year than last year, and at least 10 times more than the first year,” chairman Doug Baker said. Baker is expecting as many as 500 attendees to gather for the barbecue, raffle and music. A blue grass band, the Banner Mountain Boys, will perform throughout the evening. Soloist Dwight Mitchell will sing “God Bless America,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Money raised through the raffle will go to the honored emergency responders. “The (departments) each will get a minimum of $300,” Baker said. For Baker, it is important to keep the memory of that day’s tragic events alive. “It’s just so we don’t forget 9/11,” he said. “That’s it. We have to get our country back on track, back on principles in it was founded on. That’s one nation under God and not be afraid to say that.” Residents elsewhere around the area are planning their own personal tributes. Colfax High’s Leadership Class will honor law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, military personnel and veterans during a ceremony at half time at Friday night’s football game against Center High School. There will be a song and short speech and attendees will receive an American flag. Lions Club International will have a charity golf tournament at The Ridge in Auburn, benefiting construction of the UC Davis’ Health Systems Lions Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Trauma Unit in Sacramento. Gloria Young can be reached at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ---------- A musical tribute “In Remembrance of 9-11” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Downtown Auburn as part of Cruise Nite. It will include a flag-raising ceremony and playing of the National Anthem. Grace Christian Fellowship of Auburn will host a city-wide, open-invitation free barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and chips at 5 p.m. today at Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn. Law enforcement and first responders wll be honored in a special ceremony. Entertainment will include the Banner Mt. Boys Bluegrass Band, Dewight Mitchell and Enrique Ruiz performing patriotic songs. Raffle tickets are $2 Colfax High’s Leadership Class will have a 9-11 tribute during half time at Friday’s football game against Center High School. Everyone attending the game with receive an American flag. In addition, students are asked to wear red, white and blue on Friday. Colfax Residents and businesses are asked to display an American flag on Friday to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Lions Clubs International District 4-C5 charity golf tournament will be held Friday at The Ridge golf course in Auburn. Funds raised will benefit development and construction of the UC Davis Health System's Lions Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Trauma Unit in Sacramento. The daylong event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and beverages on the course, with a social hour and dinner to follow. Cost is $175 per person, or $35 for dinner only For more information, call Kay K. Fukushima at (916) 422-0988 or e-mail pipkay@comcast.net or Bob Smite-mail redspop@aol.com.