It’s been a long road for Taos Pueblo’s John Romero. The Vietnam Veteran and veteran’s advocate has been working for five years to finally memorialize the men and women from his tribe who served in the nation’s military beyond his reservation’s borders.
Taos Pueblo has a long history of military service, which has been likened to an extension of their duty to protect their own lands and people. Appropriately, the memorial in their honor was dedicated on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) in ceremonies at the site next to the entrance to the historic village, and ironically is within sight of the San Geronimo Church ruins that became a cemetery in the decades after U.S. Cavalry soldiers destroyed it with cannon fire after the Taos Revolt of 1847.
The Taos News was there to chronicle the ceremonies in photos that can be seen in this week’s “On the scene” column Nov. 16, 2017, and in a video that can be viewed at taosnews.com.