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Veterans Day 2012 Events


♦ Albuquerque

9 a.m. – A parade of restored military vehicles starts at USS Bullhead Memorial Park at the southern end of San Pedro SE, winds through the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center campus and onto Ridgecrest Drive. It then turns east on Gibson and north on Louisiana, ending at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.

10 a.m. – New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial. Annual salute to veterans includes guest speakers, music and special recognition of the families of three fallen warriors: Army Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes, 38, of Las Cruces, who was killed by an improvised bomb on May 12 in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province; New Mexico National Guard Spc. Pernell J. Herrera, 33, of Española, who died Dec. 31, 2011, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province after suffering a heart attack; and Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va., who died Sept. 1, 2012, in Afghanistan. Schmidt’s parents, Phil and Bernadette Smith, live in Albuquerque.

Speakers include Col. John Kubinec, 377th Air Base Wing/Kirtland AFB commander, Mayor Richard Berry and George Marnell, director, Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center.

♦ Corrales

2 p.m. – Veterans Day Parade starts at Wagner’s Farm Store and goes south to the Corrales Recreation Center.

♦ Santa Fe

10:30 a.m. – Veterans Day Parade starts at Fire Station 1 and moves through the Plaza to the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial next to the Bataan Memorial Building at Montezuma and Galisteo. Ceremonies begin there at 11 a.m.


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1 p.m. – Native American veterans will be honored in ceremonies at the Museum of Indian Arts, 710 Camino Lejo.

♦ Angel Fire

11 a.m. – Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. Veterans Day ceremonies begin. The park is on U.S. Highway 64, about 24 miles east of Taos. The park can be reached at 575-377-2293.


♦ Rio Rancho

11 a.m. – Mayor Tom Swisstack will host ceremonies at Veterans Monument Park next to the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree SE.

♦ Bernalillo

1 p.m. – Veterans Day ceremonies at the Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo.

♦ Statewide

All day-use and camping fees at all New Mexico state parks are waived for veterans, active-duty military and their families.

♦ Lawrence, Kan.

Chester Nez, the last living member of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Kansas. Nez, 91, of Albuquerque, left the university in 1952 when his GI Bill funds ran out, so he couldn’t afford to complete his fine arts studies, the AP reported.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal