Parade to mark historic centennial
Santa Fe will observe Veterans Day on Sunday with a parade and ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Bishops Lodge Road at Murales Road and proceed down Washington Avenue, around the Santa Fe Plaza, then south on Old Santa Fe Trail to Water Street, west to Don Gaspar Avenue, then onto DeVargas Street to reach the Veterans Memorial on the north side of the Bataan Memorial Building.
The ceremony, with Staff Sgt. Hannah Mabel as emcee, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with a moment of silence planned at 11:11 a.m., to mark the moment the armistice was signed in 1918.
Among scheduled speakers are the Rev. Jim Hay, who will lead prayers; Mayor Alan Webber, who will read a proclamation; Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, who will speak about a World War I museum exhibit; Jake Lopes, who will present the Farrell Udell Award on behalf of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 996; Steve Martinez, an assistant professor of history at Santa Fe Community College, who will talk about New Mexico’s involvement in World War I; and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who will deliver remarks on the sacrifices of those who serve in the military.
Kenny Keelin, who is coordinating the event, said a Marine veteran will sing the national anthem with the Santa Fe Concert Band. He also said attendees will be invited to take a “Buddy Poppy” from displays to wear in remembrance of the armistice centennial.