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Veterans Day a celebration

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The Auburn Area Veterans Day Committee works year-round to plan, prepare and fundraise for our annual parade and community luncheon. I would like to address a common misconception about Veterans Day. Its purpose is to honor and celebrate the 25 million United States veterans for the service and sacrifices they make for our freedom and security. I have had many people tell me they will not participate or come to the parade because they are “against war.” Veterans Day is not a political event or statement. Veterans Day is a day to recognize the many men and women who have served in our military. For many their lives have been changed forever. This Veterans Day, Friday Nov. 11, at 10:45 a.m., our community is honoring all American veterans at our annual Veterans Day Parade and community luncheon in Downtown Auburn, rain or shine! Our Auburn parade is the longest-running Veterans Day parade in California history dating back to 1918. The parade went dark in 1943 due to WW II. Each year our committee has a theme for the parade and this year’s is “Honoring Women Veterans.” We invite and encourage all American veterans to participate in this year’s parade. All veterans in the parade will receive a beautiful commemorative medal. If you are a veteran and want to be in the parade as an individual, please show up at the check-in booth at 10:30 a.m. Check-in is across the street from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at 601 Lincoln Way. We are offering rides for veterans who are unable to walk the route. The parade ends at the Gold Country Fairgrounds at the Armory Building where a complimentary community lunch and short program will take place. Rides back to the parade start are available for veterans after the luncheon. If you have any questions or wish to reserve a ride in the parade, please call (530) 401-1035. Cynthia L. Haynes, Auburn Veterans Day Event Chairperson