Over a thousand people lined Lincoln Way and High Street to honor and pay tribute to area veterans during Auburn’s annual Veterans Day Parade on Sunday.
A pancake breakfast served by the Auburn Jeep Club kicked off the morning serving free breakfast to all veterans.
Fifty parade entries lined up at the top of the hill on Lincoln Way at the bell tower and at precisely 10:50 a.m. slowly made their way down Lincoln Way onto High Street halting at Central Square at exactly 11 a.m. for a short ceremony that included the singing of the National Anthem, an airplane fly over, three rifle volleys and presentation of the colors by the Auburn Honor Guard, Taps, a dove release and “Amazing Grace” played on the Bagpipes. The parade then proceeded past spectators waving small flags while cheering each group in the parade.
Groups represented in the parade were military veterans along with school bands, fire engines, The Placer County Sheriff Mounted Unit, American Legions, service groups, scouts and many other community groups. The Grand Marshal this year was (posthumously) Richard W. Townsend, Private, U.S. Army, killed in action in France on Sept. 27, 1918. Townsend was an Auburn resident drafted into the Army in 1918, landed in France in July of that year and died two months later in action and is buried in an American cemetery in France.
The parade ended at the Gold Country Fairgrounds with a ceremony and free lunch served by the Auburn Elks Club. Music was provided by The Placer High School Golden Hillmen Wind Ensemble. Speakers included Suzanne Vinci of the Placer County Veterans Service Office, Mike Holmes U.S. Navy retired, Navy League Chaplain Bruce Lundberg, Congressman Tom McClintock, Placer County Supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Jim Holmes, and Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers.