ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Parades, patriotic music, flag raisings, flag lowerings, 21-gun salutes, candlelight vigils and speeches are some of the ways Memorial Day is being observed this year in New Mexico communities ranging from Las Cruces to Albuquerque to Angel Fire.
Memorial Day, which honors those who died while serving in America’s armed forces, is Monday. But some places have scheduled events today and Sunday.
The major event in Albuquerque is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, former U.S. senator from New Mexico and the second-to-last man on the moon, will give the keynote speech at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony. Schmitt was a crew member on board Apollo 17, the last of the Apollo missions, which landed in December 1972.
Monday’s ceremony will start with music by the Dukes of Albuquerque, an American Legion Band. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and Col. Eric Froehlich, commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, will speak prior to Schmitt’s keynote address.
Other Memorial Day events include:
Monday: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., actors, costumed as toy soldiers, will tell stories of America’s fallen military heroes at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. The actors will play different roles and tell the story of a different fallen hero every 20 minutes.
Monday: The town of Bernalillo’s annual Memorial Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. The route is along Camino del Pueblo from Camino del Bosque to Loretto Park. The parade will include floats, the Cleveland High School Army JROTC color guard and members of a motorcycle club. At 1 p.m., a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Sandoval County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 711 Camino del Pueblo.
Monday: A parade, starting at 10 a.m., will move east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard and end at Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Road adjacent to Esther Bone Memorial Library. Parade participants include Navy Band Southwest, VFW Post 5890, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Boy Scout Troop 417, Girl Scouts of America, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5, Rio Rancho Mayor Gregory D. Hull and many more.
A ceremony honoring the men and women who have died in military service will start at 11 a.m. at Veterans Monument Park. Several speakers are scheduled, and the colors will be presented by Enchanted Hills Young Marines.
Monday: Mayor Javier Gonzales will give the keynote talk at a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe. Monday’s event will honor living members of the military, veterans and those serving now.
Parking will be available throughout the cemetery and at the DeVargas Center.