Weekend-long celebrations honor veterans
Posted at: 11/09/2012 5:32 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It's a long Veterans Day weekend across the country, and celebrations honoring veterans in New Mexico are ongoing Friday through Monday.
Sunday is the 'real' Veterans Day - the 11th day of the 11th month, so it's an opportunity for a whole weekend honoring veterans all over our state.
It started Friday morning at the University of New Mexico, with an Reserve Officers' Training Corps or ROTC color guard posting the colors in ceremonies at the Student Union building.
About 1,000 veterans are enrolled at UNM currently.
The message and meaning of Veterans Day is to honor the men and women who have served and who are serving our country. It's a small percentage of the population that does so much for the rest.
"We've got 100 percent of America behind us," said New Mexico national Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego. "To me it's a heartwarming story, to really understand that whether we believe in this war or not, they believe in our troops and I think that's important."
"Don't forget our troops," said UNM student Daniel Shank, a 21 year veteran of the US Navy. "Our troops first and foremost are out there doing a job. A lot of people don't agree with some of the messages that have been sent out in the past few years, but they're doing their job. Just support them all, through and through."
- Saturday night dinner and dance at Albuquerque's American Legion Post 99 - 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday morning Albuquerque Veterans Parade starting at 9:00 a.m. at Bullhead Park at Gibson and San Pedro SE, followed by music and ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park on Louisiana just north of Gibson at 10a.m.
- Santa Fe Veterans Parade around the plaza at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
- More Santa fe ceremonies at the American Indian Museum at 1:00 p.m.
- The parade through the village of Corrales at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
- The Rio Rancho Veterans Parade Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.