Memorial statue commissioned from Fort Sumner sculptor

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Courtesy photo Fort Sumner-based artist Mike Scovel has been commissioned to recreate a saluting boy he created for a veterans memorial in Temple, Texas, for a veterans plaza in Schertz, Texas. The original was created nine years ago with his grandson, Kolter West of Fort Sumner, serving as the model. By Kevin Wilson When Ruth […]

Portales WWII veteran visits D.C. memorial as part of Honor Flight group

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PNT staff Portales resident and World War II veteran Joe Blair recently took his first trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial. Blair’s trip was part of the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico, a Las Cruces organization that pays to fly World War II veterans nation’s capitol to see the […]

Dance fundraiser set

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Jim Standifer, left, and Derrell Carter, both members of the War Memorial Committee, display the banner that will be hanging at the county fairgrounds to advertise a dance. The event is to raise funds to build the Roosevelt County veteran war memorial in front of the county courthouse. A dance with […]

Organizers aim to raise money for memorial with dance

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Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to War Memorial Committee members, the idea for a memorial honoring Roosevelt County veterans who have given their lives in battle stemmed from a 1958 Portales High School […]

Portales 9/11 memorial ceremonies set

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, which means Portales residents will be gathering to commemorate and remember those who were lost on that day. The J.P. Stone Community Bank is holding a memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, as it has […]

9-7 — ENMU briefs

9/11 memorial scheduled This year’s memorial ceremony to honor all those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks features special speakers and music downtown. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday near the flag pole in the large parking lot outside the main branch of […]

Cannon memorial to house steel from World Trade Center

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Philadelphia Inquirer: David Swanson Rescue workers remove a body September 13, 2001, from the debris of the World Trade Center in New York. A piece of World Trade Center steel will be housed in a memorial at Cannon Air Force Base. Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found […]

Group planning confederate memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. By Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy […]

Memorial honors area confederate soldiers

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Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in Portales Cemetery. The memorial was bought and is being dedicated by United Daughters of Confederacy, the Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 in Portales. According to president of the chapter, Janelle Foster, the memorial is in honor of confederate soldiers who fought in the […]

Portales plans veterans memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Roosevelt County War Memorial Project Committee chairman Larry Smith look over a brochure in the chamber of commerce conference room. Terry created the brochure as a way to advertise and raise funds at the county fair for the $20,000 war memorial […]

Group raising funds for war memorial

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Alisa Boswell Another project for the Portales Town Square is currently in the fundraising process, needing $20,000 to be accomplished. The project is the construction of a 3 1/2 foot tall and 15 foot long war memorial on the southeast corner of the town square, which will list the names of Roosevelt County veterans killed […]

Monument leaves its mark

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Courtesy photo: museumofnewmexico.org A unique new museum designed by Navajo architect David Sloan —shaped like a hogan and a tepee — and an interpretive trail, provide information about the history of Fort Sumner and Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, according to the New Mexico State Monuments website. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public […]

Meaning behind Memorial Day easily overlooked

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired as a major, but he never likes to say more than he served in Vietnam with his military branch. “We were Marines,” Cowman said. “We don’t care about rank.” Monday is that philosophy in action, as services will commemorate Memorial Day across the nation. The people honored were young and […]

Their view: Let’s honor true meaning of Memorial Day

Russell Anglin is the senior reporter for the Quay County Sun and writes a weekly column. Here is his most recent effort.

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

Veterans to be added to Clovis memorial

Courtesy photo: Billy Gonzales Joe Luis Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he died in during an exercise board the USS Evans when an aircraft carrier ran through the ship in Australia. Gabriel Monte Joe Luis Gonzales is not a forgotten sailor. He’s a sailor who people barely remember. In fact, the Curry […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]