Regulars at Route 66 Classic Grill’s Bike Nights and members of the community can come together on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for the annual 9/11 Tribute.
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Bike Nights typically feature live music, raffle prizes and drink specials every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. But this Wednesday at 8 p.m., the Canyon Country-based band Rebel Hearts will pause their performance, as parking lot lights around Route 66 go out and a bagpipe player walks across the parking lot from Coldstone Creamery, playing “Amazing Grace.”
The tribute will also feature Rebel Hearts lead singer Millena Hicks singing the National Anthem as personnel from Los Angeles County Fire Station 104 raise the American Flag.
Hicks has been singing at Route 66’s 9/11 tributes since the first anniversary of the tragedy.
Retired L.A. City Fire Captain Howard Kaplan will speak about his experience at Ground Zero in New York City, where he was called to help with the search, rescue and body recovery efforts.
Singer Tim May will perform the song “God Bless the USA,” and the bagpipe player will walk back across the parking lot, again playing “Amazing Grace” to end the ceremony.
Previous tribute have been well attended, with as many as 400 people, especially when held in conjunction with Route 66’s monthly Classic Car Show, according to Thomas.
Thomas is hoping for a large turnout this year, but he said that “as the years progress, people lose interest unfortunately.”
The tribute was created as a way to remind residents of the sacrifices made by those who risk their lives for their community every day.
“Not only did we want to pay tribute to those who lost their lives,” said Route 66 owner George Thomas, “we also wanted to pay tribute to (local) first responders.”
Route 66 is offering complimentary dinner to any active-duty military personnel as well as first-responders who attend the tribute.
“They’re heroes in my mind,” Thomas said.
To learn more about this event, contact Route 66 at 661-298-1494 or visit their Facebook page.
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Source: Santa Clarita News