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Patriot day pays tribute to military, first responders

Community invited to commemorate 9/11 anniversary
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Rocklin residents are invited to gather Sunday to pay tribute to those who risk their lives for this country as well as those who keep our communities safe. “When we celebrated our very first Rocklin Patriot Day last year, it was the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,” recalled Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence. “I was pleased with how many great people turned out to show their support for the men and women who serve our country – both in the military and abroad – as well as those in public safety protecting our local communities.” The second annual Rocklin Patriot Day, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the RC Willey parking lot on Lonetree Boulevard, will showcase the work of emergency responders and military personnel as well as local businesses. “It’s all about honoring those who serve,” said Spencer Robbins, a Rocklin resident, businessman and member of the committee organizing this year’s event. While the focus will be on those who serve, he added, the committee has planned a family-friendly event that not only educates the public about the work of emergency responders, but also offers information and activities about local service groups. “We want to make it interesting for families,” he said. “We want to get kids involved.” Throughout the day, Rocklin Police K9 teams will show how they work together to catch criminals, while Rocklin firefighters will demonstrate how the Jaws of Life can be used to rescue accident victims. Perhaps one of the highlights of the day’s activities will be arrival of a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter at noon. The helicopter will remain on display in an adjacent parking lot until 3p.m., Robbins said. Also on hand will be representatives from Boy and Girl Scout troops, who will be providing information on activities, meeting dates and locations. The traditional Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby track as well as derby cars will be on display. Other service organizations participating include Gold Country Chaplaincy, Firefighters Burn Institute, American Red Cross, Coalition for Placer Youth, Roseville Rainbow Girls, Rocklin Historical Society, Homes for Heroes, Yellow Ribbon America and the USO. Representatives from the Sacramento Kings will be on hand, Russell noted. “They have donated game tickets to our raffle,” he said. The U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting Toys for Tots and Rocklin Police Department volunteers will offer child identification kits. Robbins indicated several local businesses will be on hand to offer a range of products, from home security to fitness and health to home décor and jewelry. Animal-lovers will want to visit the booths set up by Guide Dogs for the Blind, RRUFF, SPCA and Rocklin’s Star Eco Station. And for the hungry attendees, there will be sno cones, burgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, gelato, sandwiches and waffles. “I hope we enjoy a big crowd this year to celebrate Rocklin Patriot Day,” said Chief Lawrence. “Our military personnel as well as our police, fire and emergency medical first responders look forward to meeting and getting to know the great citizens we serve.” Event planners are anticipating 8,000 to attend this year’s event. “Proceeds from Rocklin Patriot Day go to support our Rocklin Public Safety volunteers, who are now a non-profit with a mission of supporting law enforcement and public safety in Rocklin,” said Chief Lawrence. “They fund valuable public safety programs and purchase equipment for our police and fire departments, providing relief to our tight budgets.” Funds raised by the organization will fund previously eliminated programs, such as CPR classes and “Buckle Up Baby, which teaches parents how to properly install child safety seats. For more information, visit www.rocklinpatriotday.com. ________ Patriot Day celebration When/Where: Sunday at RC Willey parking lot 10 a.m. – Event starts 10:15 a.m. – Bands begin playing 10:30 a.m. – Opening ceremony 11:00 a.m. – Rocklin Police K9 team demonstration 11:30 a.m. – Rocklin firefighters demonstrate Jaws of Life Noon – Marine helicopter lands 12:15 p.m. – Music 12:30 p.m. – Rocklin Police K9 team demonstration 1 p.m. – State officials address gathering 1:15 p.m. – Music 1:30 p.m. – Rocklin Police K9 team demonstration 2 p.m. – Rocklin firefighters demonstrate Jaws of Life 2:15 p.m. – Music 2:30 p.m. – Rocklin Police K9 team demonstration 3 p.m. – Marine helicopter prepares to take off 3:30 p.m. – Closing ceremonies 4 p.m. – Event ends