Local groups take part in Veterans Day ceremonies

QCS Staff

Several area organizations took part in Veterans Day ceremonies.

“All veterans should be honored, no matter where or how long they served,” said Oracia Encinias, VFW Post 2528 trustee.

Members of the VFW Post 2528 gathered at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery for their annual Veterans Day ceremony. A wreath was placed on a headstone placed to honor fallen veterans of all branches of service.

“It is important to honor every rank in every service,” Encinias said. “Each veteran chose to serve and place themselves in harms way.”

Later in the afternoon, another Veterans Day ceremony was held at Damon Kvols Park.

The Tucumcari tea party hosted a Veterans Appreciation Day, the ceremony began with the salute to the flag led by Bill Menges, and an invocation by A.C. Pepper .

Veterans who attended shared stories of their time in service; A. C. Pepper, Bill Menges, George Weaver (from Oklahoma), Canuto (Ken) Montano, Jerry Hall, Richard Flint and Mike Hill.

Refreshments were served and national anthem and other patriotic songs were sung and played.

“The tea party is planning to make this kind of tribute an annual affair,” Menges said.

On Sunday, nine members of the Daughters of the American Revolutions and several members of the community braved strong winds to hold their annual Veterans Day Services at Veterans Park.

City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin gave a speech honoring veterans of all the wars. Bill Griffin from the Tucumcari Elks Lodge No. 1172 also gave a speech honor of veterans.

DAR member Jeannette Maddaford presented the “70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor” speech. Regent Lee Ann Mitchell read a poem, ”Freedom isn’t Free”.

As veterans chairman, Gi Gi Parker laid the wreath at the memorial. Harold Sloan played “Taps” on the trumpet as a final reminder of all veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.