Group plans 9/11 observance

By Darrell Todd Maurina

The Clovis chapter of a national fraternal organization will welcome chapters from across New Mexico on Sept. 11 for a ceremony observing the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
At 9:30 a.m., the Woodmen of the World Lodge 41 will conduct a flag presentation at the Pippin Youth Ranch, the organization’s statewide charity. According to chapter vice president Richard Barris, the organization has conducted more than 1,100 ceremonies at town halls, schools, parks, fire stations and other community buildings around the nation during the last two years.
“We will present a flagpole and a flag to go with it,” Barris said. “The last time we gave them a lot of exercise equipment, we noticed they did not have a flagpole, we asked if they would like one, and they said they sure would like it.”
Barris said his fraternal order focuses on teaching American history and promoting American patriotism.
“We give out little trophies and plaques each year to all the junior highs and high schools in the area for American history,” Barris said. “We also work in coordination with a lot of the Red Cross and other community organizations.”
Barris said there are more than 100 local Woodmen chapters in New Mexico. The organization’s New Mexico chapters decided two years ago to adopt Pippin Youth Ranch as a statewide charitable project for its members.