ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A parade of restored military vehicles, ceremonies at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial and recognition of a former University of New Mexico soldier who died in Afghanistan are among activities slated for Veterans Day on Friday.
Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. The legal federal holiday, previously held on the fourth Monday in October, reverted to Nov. 11 in 1978. The day is set aside to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces.
Friday’s parade in Albuquerque, which features a collection of meticulously restored military vehicles, starts at 9 a.m. at USS Bullhead Memorial Park at the southern end of San Pedro SE. It winds through the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center complex and onto Ridgecrest Drive. It then turns east on Gibson Boulevard and north on Louisiana Boulevard, concluding at the veterans’ memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE.
The parade is sponsored by the Roadrunner Convoy of the New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association.