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The following events are being held in Northern New Mexico on Monday:
• Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at the Guaje Pine Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Knights of Columbus will host the event and Gary Ahlers, a member of the Knights of Columbus, will be the guest speaker. A light lunch will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Drive following the ceremony. All are invited.
• Riders from the motorcycle rally in Red River will make the trek over the hill to Angel Fire, starting at 8 a.m. to be at the Veterans Memorial in time for the flag march which gets underway at 9 a.m. The 44th Army Band will give another concert from 9:30-11 a.m. and the weekend’s events will close with a ceremony in the amphitheater at 11 a.m.
• A memorial service will get underway at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. The service will be at the gazebo and is sponsored by the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services invites you to attend this annual ceremony honoring veterans who are no longer with us.
Take time to thank
Memorial day is more than just barbecues and parades. It’s a day to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. This and every Memorial Day, remember:
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the community organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the veteran who salutes the Flag.
It is the veteran who serves under the Flag.