Soldier’s funeral procession to travel through Auburn

Highway 49 intersections to close temporarily
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A funeral procession for a fallen solider will make its way through Auburn Thursday afternoon. Officers from the California Highway Patrol will lead the procession for Army Sgt. Joshua Hardt, 24, of Applegate, who was killed Oct. 3 while serving in Afghanistan. The drive will start at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, where Hardt’s remains are expected to be flown on Thursday. The procession will then travel east on Interstate 80. From there, the line of vehicles will exit at Highway 49 in Auburn and continue until it reaches Dry Creek Road, according to Auburn Police Officer James Dalton. Dalton said Wednesday he spoke with a sergeant with the National Guard Service who said the procession will reach Auburn at about 12:30 p.m. Intersections will be closed as the procession moves through town. Supporters are encouraged to stand alongside the road, Dalton said. “I would encourage people to come out and show their support and bring their American flags if they have them,” Dalton said. Hardt was among eight U.S. soldiers killed in one of the single deadliest attacks in Afghanistan. He and his troop were ambushed by hundreds of insurgents in eastern Nuristan province. Friends and family are invited to attend a service celebrating Hardt’s life at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Parkside Church of the Nazarene, 3885 Richardson Drive, in Auburn. A private burial service will be held Saturday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. At the request of Sgt. Hardt’s widow, the U.S. Army has closed each service to the media and asks that the family members’ privacy be respected. Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 802, Applegate, CA 95703. Remembrances may be made in Hardt’s name to: Wounded Warriors Family Support (, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (, and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ( Flowers may be sent to Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Auburn. ~ Jenifer Gee