American Veterans Traveling Tribute opens in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The haunting notes of “Amazing Graze” groaned out of a bagpipe as Capt. Mae-li Allison of the 27th special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base read the names of more than 40 soldiers from New Mexico who died in Iraq. Moments before, 27th SOW Wing Commander Col. Tim […]

Clovis High students help put together veterans tribute at school

cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School football player Sergio Hernandez checks to be sure a panel of the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica is level before it is anchored Friday morning. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and shouting voices mingled with the low roar of the wind […]

Wall tribute stirs painful memories

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections With today’s arrival of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Ronald Dickson’s emotions are mixed, and he doesn’t know if he’s ready to face what 40 years of time and distance have pushed beneath the surface. It wasn’t all bad. He learned a trade, experienced camaraderie and grew as a […]

Piece of history

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled with the low roar of the wind this morning as the Clovis High School football team labored to erect panels bearing the names of Vietnam casualties. They were working in the […]

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica to stop in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Every year, students in Renie Smith’s advance placement English class research the life of a soldier listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. But this year, in an effort to share the significance of the Vietnam War with her students, Smith found a way to drive […]

Be thankful for those who gave their lives for our country

Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago when I mentioned the names of some of my friends, I neglected to name Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Varela. Manny and Ann are fine people and highly respected professionals in the community. It is a privilege to call them friends, and I thoroughly enjoy bragging about knowing them. […]