War veterans seeking help

By Tony Parra War veterans will be patrolling the local terrain during the weekend in a mission of remembrance. Veterans and members of the community will be placing miniature flags on the grave sites of those who served in protecting the country at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Organizers said they are looking for people who […]

Veteran’s clubs could be fined for liquor laws

Darrell Todd Maurina Johnny Washington has a warning for veteran’s groups: Dot your “i’s,” cross your “t’s,” or face major problems with state liquor and gaming regulators. Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Joint Veterans Council of Clovis, Washington said state veterans organizations and other private clubs have been forced to reexamine their activities following […]

Portales honors veterans

Tony Parra War veterans define Veterans Day as one of remembrance and appreciation to those who served our country in war. Portales will do its part with events commemorating veterans this week. American Legion will have its “Tribute to Veterans” beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The program will […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

Military report urges benefits to go most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Gold star moms remember children lost on battlefield

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Portales honors fallen

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the people who turned out Monday morning for the memorial day ceremonies in Portales and Clovis. Portales American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe Blair said about 100 people turned out for the Memorial Day observance at the Portales Cemetery. Retired Methodist pastor Rev. Farrell […]

Area cities to honor fallen

By Gary Mitchell and Darrell Todd Maurina Joe Blair, commander of Portales American Legion Post 31, says many people have forgotten the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. “Memorial Day is for deceased loved ones, Veterans Day is for the living veterans,” Blair said. “Memorial Day was actually established in 1868 to honor Civil […]