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Reader Input: A memorable Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a time to remember and pay tribute to the men and women of our uniformed services who lost their lives while serving our country.

On behalf of the Auburn Area Honor Guard, Richard W. Townsend American Legion Post 84, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 169, American Legion Riders Chapter 84, Veterans of Foreign Wars Placer Foothills Post 904, Marine Corps League Bulldog Detachment 1247, Knights of Columbus Mother Lode Assembly 2778, and Placer County Council of the Navy League, thank you Terry Crouson, Don Goard and the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and other volunteers for placing flags on the graves of our veterans.

Special thanks to the Luther Burbank High School NJROTC Color Guard, National Anthem singer Stacey Anderson, Boy Scout Ethan Shreeve for the reading and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Navy League Chaplain Bruce Lundberg and past American Legion Auxiliary District 7 Chaplain Bonnie Bradbury, bag piper Don Roby, Kathy Dusart of Doves of White, bugler Eagle Scout Joseph Haas, Roberta McGuinn for help with the flowers, Tom and Ken Dwelle, and Buzz Elliott for the New and Old Auburn Cemetery fly-overs, and O’Shay’s Florists for the beautiful wreath and corsages given to the Gold Star family members.

Thank you Rocky Deal, chief of staff for Congressman McClintock, Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers, and former mayor Mike Holmes for your remarks. Thank you Aaron Slessing, Larry Laverne and Paula Celick for the sound systems, and Boy Scout Alex Greene for reciting “In Flanders Fields” at the follow-on ceremonies. A HUGE thanks to Craig Forrey and the maintenance staff of the Auburn Cemetery District for the chairs, traffic control and all you did in preparation for the ceremonies.

Thank you Auburn Journal for your coverage. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and gratitude, and we greatly appreciate the many people who joined us in honoring the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we cherish, and paying tribute to their Gold Star family members.

Bonnie B. Potter, master of ceremonies, Auburn