New Mexicans plan observances

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Ceremonies around the state honor veterans

By The Staff

At 11 a.m. Wednesday in Los Alamos, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will conduct a commemorative program to honor the Veterans of the United States. The program will be held at the VFW Building at 1793 Deacon St. and is open to the public. Other community groups will be represented and several speakers and an appropriate patriotic program will be presented.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) Cabinet Secretary John Garcia will present the first winner of the inaugural Farrell Udell Award to an individual for service to veterans at a ceremony in Santa Fe, where Honoring Women Veterans will be the theme of the ceremony and preceding Veteran’s Day Parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will proceed through downtown Santa Fe on the way to a special 11a.m. commemorative ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial on the west side of the Bataan Memorial Building (intersection of Montezuma Road and Galisteo Street.)

A Color Guard Unit from the service group, Women Veterans of New Mexico, will lead the parade as well as handle the posting of colors at the ceremony.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2951 will then host a luncheon immediately after the ceremony at its Post headquarters one block west of the Veterans’ Memorial at 307 Montezuma Street.

Garcia will also deliver the keynote address at a special Retreat for Veterans and their spouses at the St. Francis Cathedral and Basilica. The retreat begins at 1:30 p.m., with the evening keynote speech at 6 p.m.

In Albuquerque at Amy Biehl High School, a monument will be unveiled which honors the more than 60,000 veterans who were inducted into the old U.S. Federal Courthouse —which is now the site of the school.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. The school is located at 123 Fourth Street SW.

In Artesia, NMDVS Acting Deputy Secretary Alan Martinez will deliver the keynote speech at a special ceremony where several World War II and Korean War veterans who quit high school to enlist in the military and serve in those wars will finally get their high school diplomas. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Artesia City Hall.

In Truth or Consequences, the Diane Miller Hamilton Military Museum will be dedicated at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony located at 996 South Broadway.

The museum is named after current State Representative Diane Hamilton of Sierra County and was the unanimous choice of a panel tasked with naming the new facility.

She’s being honored for her tireless work on behalf of veterans and military personnel and was one of the driving forces in helping establish the museum in T or C.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ted Carter will speak at the dedication Ceremony and at the 10 a.m. ceremony honoring all veterans at the State Veterans’ Home located at 992 South Broadway — next to the site of the new museum.