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6:25am — Memorial Day Events

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here’s what’s going on around New Mexico to mark this day of remembrance:

 

 Albuquerque

 

 New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE

 

 9 a.m. — Events include music, speeches, rifle and cannon salutes and a Fallen Warrior tribute honoring four soldiers and one airman killed in the Middle East in the past year. The New Mexico Air National Guard’s 150th Fighter Wing will perform a flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcons. For more information, call the memorial at 256-2042.

 

 8:30 a.m. — Flag ceremony, rifle salute, reveille and taps at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, sponsored by French Funeral and Cremation Services. For more information, call Dayna Gardner at 843-6333.

 

 11 a.m. — Memorial Day ceremonies at Sunset Memorial Park. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Everett H. Thomas, commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base.

 

 7 p.m. — Unveiling of the War on Terror Veterans Memorial honoring New Mexico service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $330,000 memorial, paid for with private donations and city funding, features several iconic statues. For more information, call Sean Bryant at 400-8299.

 

 Alamogordo

 

 7 a.m. — Members of VFW Post No. 7686 will place flags on all veterans’ graves at Monte Vista Cemetery. 10 a.m. — Ceremonies at Monte Vista Cemetery’s flagpole. 11 a.m. — VFW volunteers will place flags on all veterans’ graves at Catholic Cemetery. 11:30 a.m. — Ceremonies at Catholic Cemetery flagpole. 12:30 p.m. — Hot dogs and hamburgers served at VFW Post No. 7686, 700 U.S. 70 West. For more information, call Tony Woodards at (575) 437-4635.

 

Angel Fire

 

Ceremonies take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park at Angel Fire. The memorial is on U.S. 64, 24 miles east of Taos. 8:45 a.m. — Participants in the “Flag Walk,” in which marchers carry a giant American Flag, meet at N.M. 434 and U.S. 64, then walk to the memorial, escorted by State Police and the 44th Army Band. 11 a.m. — Memorial Day ceremonies in the amphitheater and a flyover by a New Mexico National Guard Black Hawk helicopter. For more information, call coordinator Kate German at (575) 377-2293

 

Bernalillo

 

1 p.m. — Ceremony at the Sandoval County Courthouse. Dan Trujillo, a former prisoner of war in Korea, will be guest speaker. For more information call Henry Miller at 463-6288.

 

Carlsbad

 

10 a.m. — Parade down Church Street to Canal Street, ending at the Eddy County Courthouse, where ceremonies take place. Guest speakers include Rep. Harry Teague, D-N.M., and Iraq war veteran Miguel Najera. For more information, call Manny Najera at (575) 885-4939.

 

Clovis

 

10 a.m. — The Curry-Roosevelt Counties Joint Veterans Council will host ceremonies at Lawn Haven Cemetery’s Garden of Honor. Guest speaker for the event will be Chief Master Sgt. Hector Baez of Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon’s 16th Special Operations Squadron will perform a C-130 Hercules flyover. For more information, call Rick Robertson at (575) 769-1458.

 

Fort Bayard

 

10 a.m. — Ceremonies begin at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. For more information, call American Legion Post 18 at (575) 534-0780.

 

Gallup

 

9 a.m. — Knights of Columbus host a memorial Mass at Hillcrest Cemetery. 10 a.m. — Parade from Hillcrest Cemetery to the McKinley County Courthouse, 201 W. Hill St. 11 a.m. — Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on the McKinley County Courthouse grounds, followed by a luncheon. For more information, call N.M. Department of Veterans Services representative Tommy L. Sandman at (505) 722-9621.

 

Hobbs

 

8-10 a.m. — Coffee and pastries served at the American Legion, 319 E. Dunnam St. 10-11 a.m. — Memorial Services at the Prarie Heaven Cemetery, 2201 E. Stanolind Road. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Hamburgers and soft drinks served at the VFW, 609 W. Alto St. For more information, call Dalton Boyd at (575) 397-5290.

 

Las Cruces

 

8 a.m. — Raising of the city of Las Cruces Garrison flag at Veterans Memorial Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway.

 

Rio Rancho

 

10 a.m. — A parade moving east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park. 11 a.m. — Remembrance ceremony at the park. For more information, call the city at 891-5015.

 

Roswell

 

6 a.m. — West Second Street will be lined with American flags in honor of fallen service members. 9 a.m. — Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 260 E. 19th St. 11 a.m. — Memorial Day ceremony at South Park Cemetery. Noon — Memorial Day ceremony at American Legion Post No. 28, 1620 Montana Ave.

 

Santa Fe

 

10 a.m. — Ceremonies at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., include music by the Santa Fe Chorale Concert Band, keynote speech by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., POW-MIA candle lighting, wreath laying, rifle and cannon salutes and a flyover by the New Mexico Air National Guard’s 150th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcons. For more information, call the cemetery at (505) 988-6400.

 

Sheep Springs

 

7 a.m. — The Sheep Springs Veterans Association places new flags on veterans’ graves at the community cemetery and hosts a Memorial Day celebration. 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast at the Sheep Springs Chapter House, 47 miles north of Gallup on U.S. 491. The public is invited. For more information, call Tommy L. Sandman at (505) 722-9621.

 

Tohatchi

 

7 a.m. — The Tohatchi Veterans Association places new flags on veterans’ graves at the cemetery, 25 miles north of Gallup on U.S. 491. 8 a.m. — Breakfast at Tohatchi. The public is invited. For more information, call Tommy L. Sandman at (505) 722-9621.

 

Tularosa

 

10 a.m. — Ceremonies begin at the Tularosa Veterans Memorial Park on Bookout Road.

 

Window Rock, Ariz. (23 miles west of Gallup)

 

7 a.m. — Navajo Nation Memorial Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park. 9 a.m. — Parade from Veterans Memorial Park to Nakai Hall. 10 a.m. — Remarks by Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and Vice President Ben Shelly. Noon — Lunch at the park. 1-5 p.m. — Gourd dances. For more information, call Tommy L. Sandman at (505) 722-9621.

 

And in case you didn’t know already, here’s the Memorial Day schedule for government offices and services in and around Albuquerque:

 

CITY OFFICES: Closed. CITY COMMUNITY CENTERS: Closed. FEDERAL OFFICES: Closed. COUNTY OFFICES: Closed. COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTERS: Closed. STATE OFFICES: Closed. CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES: Bingaman: Closed. Udall: Closed. Heinrich: Closed. Lujan: Closed. Teague: Closed. COURTS: Federal: Closed. State District: Closed. Metro: Closed. POSTAL SERVICE: No postal service. BANKS (FEDERAL RESERVE HOLIDAYS): Closed. GARBAGE: Regular trash pickup. ABQ RIDE: No service. RAIL RUNNER EXPRESS: Will run on Saturday schedule. CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Closed. UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO: Closed. CITY LIBRARIES: Closed. ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM: Closed. ANDERSON-ABRUZZO ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON MUSEUM: Closed. BIOPARK: Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden: Open. EXPLORA: Open. INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER: Open. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND HISTORY: Open. NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE: Open. PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT: Open. RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER: Open. ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Schools and administrative offices closed. RIO RANCHO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Schools and district office closed.

 

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