By Carlos Padilla
The 27th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the New Mexico State Veterans Home on Sunday, Nov. 11. One again this year, we celebrate all of our nation’s heroes in humble observance of their courageous service to the United States Armed Services.
The New Mexico State Veterans Home has many special events planned this year, beginning with hot beverages and pastries being served 8:30-9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, along with tours of the historic building that are set to begin at 9 a.m.
Ceremonies will begin promptly at 10 a.m., led by members of the Hot Springs High School JROTC Color Guard presenting and posting our nation’s colors. Pam Bauer is scheduled to sing our National Anthem, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Children’s Choir members will sing as well.
The ceremonies will continue with a program presented by guest speakers, including White Sands Missile Range Command Sergeant Major Felipe Paul, New Mexico Department of Health Acting Secretary Brad McGrath, and New Mexico State Representative Dianne Hamilton.
A moment of silence will be observed promptly at 11 a.m. – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Those attending the ceremony will see military aircraft conduct a flyover at the New Mexico State Veterans Home.
Food will be served after the ceremony, and will include green chile stew with pork, corn bread, apple empenadas, coffee and tea for $5.
For more information, visit www.nmstateveteranshome.org and click on “Special Events.”
‘RUN FOR THE WALL’
Mark your calendar for the 10th Annual Run for the Wall events scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 10, from sunup to sundown, at Veterans Memorial Park and Hamilton Military Museum, located at 996 South Broadway in Truth or Consequences.
This year’s Run for the Wall will peel out from the park and museum’s parking lot at 10 a.m., and is set to end at 1 p.m., Saturday. Registration for the event will take place at 8:30 a.m. The run typically draws between 150 and 200 motorcyclists each year.
Vendors, games, food, music, tug-of-war, a bike run and rodeo are all part of the festivities at the park on Saturday, with the 16th Annual Veterans Day Car Show set to take place on the grounds of the New Mexico State Veterans Home Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The car show exhibits about 100 classic cars and trucks each year, all reconditioned for a fun and flashy blast from the past.
Trophy plaques and dash plaques will be awarded. Judging will be done by panel as well as People’s Choice. Judging will start at 11 a.m., and door prizes will start at 1 p.m., followed by the awards being presented at 2 p.m.
Later events will include a biker rodeo at Veterans Memorial Park 1:30-3 p.m., and a live rock concert with Designated Mind performing 3-6 p.m. The two-man tug-of-war is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Participants may register early by calling Windy at (575) 740-5086.
The annual event draws in veterans of the United States Armed Services from all over the country, donning their biker gear with their mean machines primed and ready for the run.
The eight-acre Veterans Memorial Park opened in 2003, and was developed by the Truth or Consequences Veterans Memorial Park Board. The park is dedicated to the memories of family and friends who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country. A major accomplishment for the Veterans Memorial Park is a smaller, but complete replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall with all of the names of America’s fallen soldiers who fought in Vietnam.
The board is presently working on two future projects for the park – the Purple Heart Monument and the MIA Panel. Both will be located outdoors at the park.
Another project in the works involves a chapel to be erected near the columburial located at the back of the park.
The Hamilton Military Museum has been open since November 2010. New Mexico State Representative Dianne Hamilton was instrumental in helping to find funds for the museum project. The primary goal is to help remember and honor those who have served or died for our country.
Two murals have been brought to life by local artist Jia Apple, who has painted the colorful “Never Forgotten” mural on the outside of the Hamilton Military Museum as well as the Iwo Jima mural.
The Hall of Warriors is located inside of the museum, which features a book of outstanding warriors of the United States.
The first Congressional Medal of Honor exhibit and many other exhibits are on display inside of the museum. Exhibits include photos, uniforms and weapons, and each tells a story of the various courageous men and women who served our country.
The military library inside of the museum is in use, and is always being added to. The military museum has many hard-to-find books.
The Veterans Memorial Wall is in need of some repairs, so the Hamilton Military Museum is raising funds to replace the panels to granite. The flags that are flown above the park every day can only be mended so many times before they have to be retired. When that happens, they are being made into pillows to help raise funds. Ten pillows will be auctioned off Saturday, Nov. 10, after the Veterans Day ceremonies and before the bike rodeo during the Run for the Wall at approximately 1:30 and 4 p.m., as scheduling permits.
Riders from Aero Space Data Facility Southwest will make an appearance at the event, as will the Black Berets, who display a moving boot exhibit on the park’s grounds.
For more information on these events, contact Windy Barnes at (575) 740-5086 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.