MARLA BROSE JOURNAL FILE Carrying the colors at last year’s Veteran’s Day events at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque were Morry Ruiz, Larry Golden, and Ed McBrice. A full slate of events are planned for Veterans Day on Saturday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial is inviting the public to be part of a special ceremony honoring veterans of all branches of service on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.
The day begins with a parade that begins at Bullhead Park at 9 a.m. and travels east on Gibson from San Mateo to Louisiana, then north on Louisiana to the memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE, organizers said in a news release.
A musical prelude begins at 10 a.m. by New Mexico’s only official American Legion band, the Dukes of Albuquerque, followed by a Color Flight Formation by Team Kirtland Airmen.
The main ceremony at 11 a.m. will feature a rendition of “Armed Forces on Parade,” the Posting of Colors, the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, presentation of state flags and opening remarks by Mayor Richard J. Berry.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, commander of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, will deliver the keynote. The day’s events end with a rifle volley, cannon salute, the playing of “Taps” and bagpipes.
Final remarks by Ken O’Keefe, United Veterans Council and the retiring of colors will be followed by a recessional by the Dukes of Albuquerque.
Parking and continuous shuttle service is available from Gibson/Louisiana at the Kirtland Federal Credit Union.
Other Veterans Day activities include:
— Rio Rancho’s Veterans Day parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday and travel east from Country Club Drive, down Southern and end near the Rio Rancho Veterans Memorial Park at 950 Pinetree Road. A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the park.
— Santa Fe’s parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday starting on Bishops Lodge Road and ending at the Bataan Memorial Building, 400 Don Gaspar Avenue, followed by a ceremony.
— Tijeras will host a wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Luis Garcia Park, just west of the village library on Old Route 66 (NM 333). A dance benefitting the Tijeras Vietnam Memorial Wall will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Rock City Music Hall, 364 NM 333 in Carnuel.
— Angel Fire will have ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 34 Country Club Road. The speaker will be retired Lt. Cmdr. William Martin, who commanded a unit of Navy helicopter gunships in the Vietnam War. The Cimarron High School Band will play.
— The Las Cruces Veterans Day parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday moving from the corner of Lohman Avenue and Church Street, traveling north on Church Street, then west on Griggs Avenue to Main Street, then north on Main, then south on Water Street back to Lohman.
— Truth or Consequences. The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will celebrate the transfer of the State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences to its care during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. The grand opening of a new Alzerimer’s and Long Term Assisted Care wing will also take place.
VETERANS DAY PROMOTIONS
— Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at several recreation sites and amenities on Saturday and Sunday. Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System.
— The ABQ BioPark is offering free admission to veterans and military personnel on Saturday and Sunday. Up to five family members accompanying the veteran or military personnel may gain admission for $1 each. Proof of service is required. The special admission is for one side of the facility only (zoo or aquarium/botanic garden) and does not include BioPark combo tickets.
— Museums under the state Department of Cultural Affairs will offer free admission to active duty military, veterans, and National Guard personnel Friday. They include Santa Fe’s New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo; Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.
— Texas Roadhouse restaurants will offer free lunch from a limited menu to veterans and active members of the military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proof of service (military or VA card, discharge papers) is required.
— Denny’s restaurants will offer a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” to service members from 5 a.m. to noon Friday. Proof of service is required.
— Albuquerque’s Bubba’s 33 restaurant, 4861 Pan American Freeway, will offer veterans and active military members free lunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Proof of service is required.
— Applebee’s owned and operated by Apple American Group around the state will offer complimentary meals Saturday for dine-in only. Proof of military service required.
— Cabela’s will offer increased discounts to all active military and veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency services Saturday. Store activities hosted by Cabela’s during the Hometown Heroes event will include a military vehicle display, flag raising by the Boy Scouts of America and a veteran pancake breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A valid military ID, badge or other proof of eligibility must be presented at the time of purchase to receive the discount. Some restrictions apply.
— A local owner/operator of several McDonald’s franchises in New Mexico on Friday is donating 20 $5 McDonald’s Archways gift cards and 20 free “Be Our Guest” cards to the NM Veteran’s Affairs’ Homeless Veterans Program at 6 p.m. at the at 5001 Gibson SE, across from the VA.
— In Santa Fe, adoption fees will be waived for all active military and veterans at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Saturday thanks to the generosity of a donor.