Taos honors local vets


Taos Pueblo veteran John Romero invites the public for the dedication of the Taos Pueblo Veterans Living Memorial, Saturday (Nov. 11).

The past six years or research and hard work will finally come to completion with the dedication ceremony. Romero and others from his Pueblo Color Guard have been searching for funding, compiling names and finishing the construction of the memorial, which will honor pueblo veterans dating back to the American Civil War.

"This dedication is very special, not only for our people at the pueblo, but for all the people of Taos county," Romero said. "This is for all veterans, not just from the pueblo."

Writing to several legislative officials, Romero and his group found support from Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, who assisted in finding funding for the project. After collecting $85,000 for the memorial, Romero began moving on the construction to honor his fellow brothers and sisters in arms. The memorial will consist of names of those who have served from Taos Pueblo as well as a blank tablet for the veterans of future wars who leave their home at the pueblo to serve the country.

Romero feels that all veterans across the country deserve recognition for their efforts and plans to continue his work to honor vets over the years.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) at the memorial on Veterans Highway near Taos Pueblo. Dedication, presentations and honors will be given at the ceremony which will continue throughout the day with an honoring celebration at the Taos Pueblo Community Center.

"Hopefully this will catch on and other reservations will do the same thing we are doing to honor our veterans," Romero said.

Other events around the Taos area are planned for Veteran's Day, including efforts from Taos-based Not Forgotten Outreach.

The organization, in partnership with VFW Post 3259 and respective auxiliary, will be hosting a veterans picnic at noon at the Guadalupe Gym to honor all vets following a celebration at 11 a.m. on Taos Plaza. The community is welcome to participate and volunteer. Those interested in donating food can call Nichol Folsom at (575) 779-0917 for more information. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call Marcia Shultis at (575) 770-0626.

In Questa, a ceremony honoring veterans will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of State Roads 522 and 38. The VFW post 7688 will host a luncheon after the event.

Several government facilities including town and county will be closed Friday in observation of the holiday (see sidebar).

In addition, some banks and financial services will also observe Veteran's Day closures on Friday.