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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Church plans gospel concert

Argen Duncan An area church is aiming to lift spirits with a free gospel music concert next weekend in Portales. Calvary Tabernacle U.P.C. of Clovis holds weekly meeting at the Memorial Building, and Saturday, the church has planned a “Gospel Songfest” with a number of performers. Pastor Lawrence Thompson said the event would not only […]

Volunteers feed more than 500 people at community Thanksgiving dinner

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Argen Duncan The annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner served more people than ever Thursday, an organizer said. Portales Community Outreach offers the turkey dinner at the Memorial Building free to the public every year. Organizer Joe Parie said the event had a little more than 500 people coming by the Memorial Building or having a […]

9/11 memorial set for Friday

The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank President David Stone […]

Their View: Senator to praise troops’ sacrifices

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., plans to deliver remarks at a Memorial Day event on Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Here’s a sampling: “Each year, Memorial Day stands as the national day of tribute and remembrance as we honor the service of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our […]

Memorial Day events and closings

Special Memorial Day activities scheduled for Monday:

Memorial Day events planned

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Memorial Day observances are planned across the region to honor fallen soldiers. Among organizations planning ceremonies Monday in Portales are the American Legion Post 31 in Portales, United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters from Portales and Clovis and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe […]

Vietnam veterans owed an apology

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts will go back to a friend from college — Clovis May. He was a mild-mannered, hard working, good cowboy from a ranching family in Deming, New Mexico. I don’t recall exactly what his major was, but probably range management or ag business. He was […]