Not Forgotten Outreach - a local veterans outreach organization - will be celebrating Veterans’ Day differently this year due to COVID. In years past, NFO has gone all out in their efforts to fully celebrate the national holiday for military service members.
This year, however, the nonprofit was forced to take a different, and more socially distanced approach and decided to cancel their annual Veterans Day Picnic. Instead, NFO will host Veterans Day radio appearances Wednesday at 8 a.m. on KRZA (88.7 FM) and KCEI (90.1 FM). On Saturday (Nov. 14), Taos county sheriffs will be escorting a War II anti-aircraft artillery piece to NFO’s property.
In recent months, the organization has been working on creating the Taos Veterans Living Memorial Park, which will be located right next to NFO’s farm, in the open field across from Centinel Bank and Cid’s Food Market off of Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The centerpiece of the memorial will be a large 50 foot flagpole, which has been under construction for several years.
Not Forgotten Outreach executive director Don Peters said that Taos Veterans Living Memorial “will be a place where the town can honor our veterans, and are also able to walk through nature. When it’s all said and done, Peters said that they “will have fruit trees and all sorts of edible plants throughout the entire memorial,” said Peters. “Overall it will be a relaxing place.”
The organizations will eventually provide an official flag burning disposal area, as well as space to fly a total of five flags. Along with the flagpoles, there will be the addition of a four foot tall golden eagle at their base. Peters also said that the park is having an ADA path installed this month, as well as a bridge over the ditch that runs through the property.
Construction of the memorial park and flagpole have been ongoing since 2017, and have involved the voluntary help of local companies Medina and Sons Concrete and Sand, and Silva’s Excavation and Concrete.