Hon­or­ing vet­er­ans

New Mex­ico Vet­er­ans Day events planned for week­end


At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

The mo­ment 100 years ago was com­mem­o­rated with a pub­lic hol­i­day, orig­i­nally called Ar­mistice Day, but at the urg­ing of vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions was re­named in 1954 as Vet­er­ans Day.

The hol­i­day to­day honors the ser­vice of all vet­er­ans who served in the var­i­ous branches of the mil­i­tary.

Vet­er­ans Day should not be con­fused with Memo­rial Day, a na­tional hol­i­day in May that honors all those who died while serv­ing in the mil­i­tary.

Vet­er­ans Day ob­ser­vances around the state to­day and Sun­day in­clude:

Al­bu­querque: Sun­day, 9 a.m., pa­rade, New Mex­ico Vet­er­ans Memo­rial, 1100 Louisiana SE; mu­si­cal pro­gram at 10 a.m.; cer­e­mony at 11 a.m. with key­note speak­ers state Vet­er­ans Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Jack Fox, and Al­bu­querque Mayor Tim Keller.

Rio Rancho: To­day, 10 a.m., pa­rade, around City Cen­ter, 3200 Civic Cen­ter Cir­cle NE. Pa­rade par­tic­i­pants will line up in the up­per west park­ing lot of the Santa Ana Star Cen­ter, cir­cle in front of City Hall and wind their way up King Boule­vard; Sun­day, 2 p.m. cer­e­mony, Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Park, 950 Pine­tree Road SE.

Ti­jeras: Sun­day 11 a.m., wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony, Luis Gar­cia Vet­er­ans Park, 4 Ti­jeras Av­enue, fol­lowed by a mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Santa Fe: Sun­day, 10 a.m., pa­rade, down Bish­ops Lodge Road/Wash­ing­ton Av­enue, around Plaza Park, to the Bataan Memo­rial Build­ing at 400 Don Gas­par Av­enue, where a cer­e­mony will be held fea­tur­ing re­marks by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall.

Los Lu­nas: Sun­day, 11 a.m., an­nual Hon­or­ing All Who Served Vet­er­ans Day cel­e­bra­tion, Daniel Fer­nan­dez Memo­rial Park, 1103 High­way 314. Vet­er­ans from each branch of ser­vice will be rec­og­nized

dur­ing the Ju­bi­la­tion Bar­ber­shop Quar­tet per­for­mance of the Armed Forces Med­ley. The flag will be raised by fire­men us­ing the Va­len­cia County Fire Depart­ment lad­der truck. The cer­e­mony will cul­mi­nate with the re­lease of 30 white doves.

Be­len: To­day, 2-4 p.m. Be­len Har­vey House Mu­seum, 104 N 1st Street, will cel­e­brate vet­er­ans with an open house fea­tur­ing uni­forms from World War I, World War II, the Viet­nam War and more. The cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude mu­sic, light re­fresh­ments and spe­cial guest speaker Lynn Darr, who served as a mas­ter chief in the U.S. Navy.

Las Cruces: To­day, pa­rade, 3 p.m., through down­town Las Cruces on Main Street; Sun­day, 8 a.m., rais­ing of the Gar­ri­son Flag at Vet­er­ans Park, 1151 Road­run­ner Park­way, flag low­er­ing at 5 p.m.

Me­silla: Sun­day, 11 a.m. cer­e­mony, Par­que de Veter­a­nos, High­way 28 and Calle de Norte. Fea­tured speaker will be U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Woodard.

An­gel Fire: Sun­day, 11 a.m., Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­rial, 34 Coun­try Club Road, an­nual Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram at the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­rial am­phithe­ater. Key­note speaker will be Alan Martinez, deputy cab­i­net sec­re­tary with the New Mex­ico Depart­ment of Vet­eran Ser­vices.


Joe Mon­tano, an 89-year-old vet­eran of the Korean War, at­tended a wreath-pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the men and women who have served in the mil­i­tary Fri­day at the Bare­las Se­nior Cen­ter.

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