United States flags could be seen around every corner of Taos County as annual Veterans Day celebrations popped up across communities. Veterans Day celebrations …
United States flags could be seen around every corner of Taos County as annual Veterans Day celebrations popped up across communities.
Veterans Day celebrations brought Taos community members together for a day of remembrance for veterans both past and present.
Taos Pueblo began their annual ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday (Nov. 11) in front of the Pueblo Veterans Living Memorial to a crowd of nearly 50 people. Governor Richard Aspenwind gave a short speech and called on former Governor Gilbert Suazo to talk about the history of Taos Pueblo veterans.
According to Suazo, Taos Pueblo has sent veterans to a number of armed conflicts and the community often honors their veterans for their service in U.S. military conflicts.
The ceremony was then moved inside the village where a procession led guests around the pueblo in a sacred and respectful manner. Those in the procession walked to the north house in the village as well as to the south house while Taos Pueblo Singers sang various songs to honor vets.
Inside the town, members of the community gathered on Taos Plaza for the annual ceremony held by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3259. The ceremony began around 11 a.m. and paid tribute to members of the armed forces as well as the families of those who served. In addition, this year women were also recognized for their roles in the military.
Following the events on the plaza, the ceremony moved inside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church gym on Don Fernando Street for a potluck lunch for veterans and community members.
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