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Events around NM to honor service members

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — America’s fallen warriors will be honored at events in and around Albuquerque on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, commemorates U.S. service members who have died while serving in the military.


• The United Veterans Council of New Mexico will host a Memorial Day commemoration beginning at 9 a.m. today with a concert of patriotic music at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.

Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and are scheduled to conclude at noon.

Speakers include: Mayor Richard Berry; Kirtland Air Force Base commander Col. Eric Froehlich; and retired New Mexico Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

Events include guest singers, a parade of state flags by airmen from Kirtland Air Force Base, presentation of wreaths and rifle and cannon salutes.

A fallen warrior tribute will honor Washington National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, 30, of Albuquerque, who died Jan. 5 in Afghanistan. McClintock is the 67th service member from, or with close ties, to New Mexico to die in the Middle East since March 2003.

The Roadrunner Convoy of the New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association will display vintage military vehicles in the memorial’s parking lot and present a cannon salute during the ceremonies.

Overflow parking will be available at Kirtland Federal Credit Union and Bank of America on Gibson SE, and shuttle buses will take participants to and from the Veterans’ Memorial.

• French Funerals & Cremations will host a Memorial Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE.


• The city of Rio Rancho will observe Memorial Day with a parade and remembrance ceremony. The parade will start at 10 a.m., heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and end at the Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Road adjacent to the Esther Bone Memorial Library.

Immediately after the parade, a remembrance ceremony for fallen service members will take place at the Veterans Monument Park. For more information, call the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 891-5015 or see the city website,


• The village of Tijeras will host a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Luis Garcia Park. The park is on Old Route 66, a block west of the intersection of state Highways 333 and 337.


• Memorial Day events start at 10 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 North Guadalupe. Retired Marine Corps Col. Joseph C. Long will be guest speaker.


• Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner will be keynote speaker during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, located 4 miles north of Angel Fire on U.S. Highway 64. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the memorial’s amphitheater.