Honoring Those Who Served
Friday, November 11th, 2005
Journal Staff Report

Among the Veterans Day observances taking place across northern New Mexico will be a Veterans Day celebration this morning in Santa Fe.

The event begins at 10:30 on the Plaza with Mayor Larry Delgado, guest speaker Brig. Gen. Kenny C. Montoya of the New Mexico National Guard and an address by Joe Thergood, deputy cabinet secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services. A flyover by the New Mexico Air National Guard takes place at 11:15 a.m., followed by a reception hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 2951, 307 Montezuma St.

Six distinguished New Mexico authors will participate in a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the Sunset Room at the Eldorado Hotel.

The authors—Tony Hillerman, Robert "Bob" Parker, Lt. Gen. Gordon Sumner Jr., Nancy Bartlit, James Polk and Jack Samson—will sign copies of their books on World War II. Admission is free, with proceeds from book sales benefiting the Blue Star Mothers, a nonprofit group of mothers of servicemen and women who support military families in need, prepare care packages and greet returning military personnel.

In Angel Fire, the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial will be dedicated as a state park today. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a musical prelude and introductions, then Gov. Bill Richardson will dedicate the park in a ceremony with cabinet Secretary John Garcia and state Parks Director David Simon. For information, call 505-377-6900. ❇