Veterans

Region readies for Veterans Day

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 11/8/18

Here is a roundup of Veterans Day events happening in Taos and around the Enchanted Circle on Sunday (Nov. 11).

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Veterans

Region readies for Veterans Day

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Taos has a long history of veterans serving in all branches of the United States military, and the community will be honoring them in the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Starting at 9 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 11) 
Taos Pueblo will host a ceremony that will likely last all day and into the night honoring a long list of U.S. veterans from the pueblo. Vietnam Veteran and longtime Veterans advocate John Romero has been working on a ceremony since Memorial Day that will bring the public into the pueblo for a procession. The event will take visitors from the Taos Pueblo Veterans Memorial into the village and back to the memorial where speakers will have the opportunity to address the crowd and honor vets past and present.

"I'm not doing it for myself," said Romero. "I'm doing it because of my fellow veterans."

Romero has been organizing a similar event at Taos Pueblo for the past six years and has dedicated his life to serving veterans in the community. Romero spearheaded the effort to get a living memorial at Taos Pueblo. Space on the memorial is dedicated to all veterans who have served the U.S military from Taos Pueblo.

In Taos, the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Taos Plaza will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3259, Not Forgotten Outreach, the town of Taos and others gather the community together. The ceremony will include speeches and prayers and will honor vets past and present from Taos County.

"We're partnering with the community to engage the community to honor the sacrifices that not only the veterans made, but that military families have made for this nation," said Don Peters, executive director of Not Forgotten Outreach, a nonprofit focused on helping veterans.

The ceremony will move from the plaza to the Guadalupe Gym for a potluck from noon to 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring their favorite matanza foods to share and honor their veterans during the feast.

Other Veterans Day events are planned around the region:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire will host its traditional Veterans Day event from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

In addition to local celebrations, Bandelier National Monument will open its park doors for free on Sunday in observance of Veterans Day. Free admission will be offered at other national parks across the country as well.

The civilian observance of Veterans Day will be held Monday (Nov.12), however, ceremonies and events in the town will take place Sunday.

Taos and Taos County offices will be closed for the holiday.

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