Memorial day tributes planned

VFW members Johnny Washington, left, and Donnie Wimberly, both of Clovis, place an American flag on a veteran’s grave Saturday at the Portales Cemetery. Washington is an Air Force veteran and Wimberly an Army veteran. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers

Clovis and Portales residents will take a moment to honor fallen military veterans Memorial Day.

American Legion Post No. 31 in Portales is having an honor ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Portales Cemetery.

Chief Master Sgt. Ray M. Clark of Cannon Air Force Base will be the guest speaker.

“It (ceremony) means a great deal to family members,” said Joe Blair, commander of the American Legion Post No. 31 in Portales. “We’re honoring the deceased veterans and it’s for veterans of all wars, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea.”

Blair said presentations will be made to two Portales mothers who lost their sons during the Vietnam War. It is called the Tribute to Gold Star Mothers.

There will also be other events such as the Posting of the Colors and Taps.

Another show of appreciation will take place Monday at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. The Curry/Roosevelt Joint Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day ceremony beginning 11 a.m.

“It’s to honor deceased veterans who gave their lives for us,” said John Fondrick of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

The ceremony is expected to take approximately 30 minutes.

Maj. Margaret Pore of Cannon will be the guest speaker.

Cannon honor guard members will provide the gun salute and play taps.