New Mexico servicemen, women honored on Veterans Day

Veterans Voices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Servicemen and women across the nation are being honored on this Veterans Day. For veterans, they said this day is about honoring those who have served and remembering those no longer with us.

Hundreds of people came out to the Memorial Park in Albuquerque on Monday for the ceremony. This year, senior airman Alvina Gorash earned the honor of being the first woman to serve as the master of ceremonies. Military members were welcomed with musical performances, the national anthem, pledge and a prayer.

“Today is the day where everything is set aside, and we are just happy to be part of this nation, and happy to be part that we have such great military service,” Staff Sgt. Andrew Victorino said.

Veterans at the Atria Senior Living Center in Albuquerque also got a chance to celebrate. Among those in attendance was a 102-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran. American Legion Post 13 members helped put on the event.

“It is very important because they think that since they are in a nursing home, they are forgotten,” Darlene Herrera with American Legion Post 13 said. “They are not forgotten, and this shows them that are not.”

Another memorial was held in Rio Rancho featuring displays to educate people on veterans’ backgrounds.

“The purpose of this is to keep the public abreast, and the reason there are veterans is because there is a military that keeps us going as a country every day and protects us,” veteran Paul Caputo said.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque also held a ceremony emphasizing Native American service members. There were a number of speakers representing different tribal communities as well as performances and native dances.

“This is the legacy of our ancestors, the homeland of which we have come from, so with that, we honor that and that’s why we serve in the military services,” cultural educator John Ghahate said.

This was just a small part of the dozens of events Monday to honor our veterans in New Mexico. As of 2016, more than 140,000 veterans live in our state.

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