By Angela Peacock
Show a sense of patriotism and join Tucumcari residents in paying respects to the men and women who have fought to keep this country safe and free.
Tucumcari Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2528 will hold their annual Veterans Day ceremonies at11 a.m., Tuesday at Veterans Park on Main and Third Street in Tucumcari. Area residents are invited to join them for the service.
“Tuesday is a time to recognize soldiers and their families who have supported this country in the different times of conflict throughout American history,” said retired U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Mucio Lopez.
The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary will also be distributing veteran memorabilia known as “Buddy Poppies” throughout the city at various sites through Tuesday. In 1932 the VFW was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of Buddy Poppies, which are assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. That tradition continues this year with more than 14 million poppies assembled by paid, disabled and hospitalized veterans. The members of VFW and Ladies Auxiliary raise more than $15 million annually for the project.
“VFW By-Laws require that the proceeds from our distribution of Buddy Poppies be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans right here in the community,” said VFW Post Commander Oracio “Rusky” Encinias.
The Daughters of American Revolution will be holding services at 2 p.m., Tuesday at Tucumcari’s Veterans Park. At 7 p.m. at Tucumcari High School Auditorium, band and choir students from the junior high and high school will host a program to honor the nations veterans and active duty military personnel. There will also be a keynote address by retired Tucumcari educator Robert Lumpkin, U.S. Marine veteran.
For more information about purchasing a Poppie call 461-3090. To inquire about activities at the high school call 461-3830.