Veterans marker added to Logan cemetery

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

More than 100 Logan residents gathered Monday for the dedication of the Logan Veteran’s Memorial Marker.

The crowd stood silent as the U.S. flag was lowered to half staff at Logan Cemetery, starting the ceremony.

A roar grew closer as the crowd’s attention turned the sky. A flyover was done by a MC-130W Combat Spear plane from Cannon Air Force Base’s 73rd Special Operations Squadron.

“We want to thank Cannon Air Force Base for conducting the flyover to honor the memory of our friends and family,” said American Legion Post 77 Commander Bobby Casados.

New Mexico National Guards Col. Paul P. Pena, commander of the 93rd Brigade, was the ceremony’s quest speaker.

“With your support our troops, the nation’s future veterans, will continue to uphold the sacred duty of protecting this country,” Pena said.

Pena said the continued support for veterans, current troops and their families is vital to the current efforts to end the global war on terrorism.

“We may never be able to adequately thank the veterans or their families for their service,” Pena said. “Remember to thank those currently serving their country. They have made the choice to continue a time honored tradition in protecting this nation.”

The day’s ceremony honoring the veterans and their families was the perfect venue for the dedication of the new Logan Veteran’s Memorial Marker.

Randy Bruhn said a year of research went into finding the names for the memorial.

“There are 115 names on the stone, and we still need to add more,” said Randy Bruhn. “We apologize to the families of the Veteran we have yet to place on this stone. We will continue to add the names of the brave souls who dedicated their lives to fighting for our freedom and this nation.”

The marker and the engraving of the names was donated by Osgoog-LaGrone Monument Company, of Amarillo and Clovis.

“We also want to thank Tom and DeLoyce Smith for approaching me about the marker,” Bruhn said, “and Eastern Pains Concrete for donating the concrete for the marker’s setting.”

To close out the ceremonies, members of the Village of Logan Council, Logan EMS and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 77 released red white and blue balloons honoring the those who have died, as Andrea Rinestine played, “Taps.”