Pa­rade to mark his­toric cen­ten­nial

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

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.

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