Veterans, active service men and women and their families gathered at Iglesia La Santísima Trinidad church in Arroyo Seco to honor their fallen brothers and sisters in arms for Memorial Day (May 29).
Mass was held within the 19th century-era adobe church at 9 a.m. Disabled veterans and leadership from the Disabled American Veterans Taos Chapter were among a crowd of local parishioners that included owner of Abe's Cantina, Abe Garcia, one of a few World War II veterans on hand, as well as those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Following service, a 21-gun-salute in honor of those who have fought and died overseas was performed in front of the steps of the church.
Veterans were then presented with a "quilt of valor," created by the Taos High Country Quilting and Needlecraft Guild, during a reception held in the parish hall. The honor was part of a nationwide initiative to give families a symbolic quilt for their service.