Parade pays tribute to veterans

Emily Crowe
CNJ staff writer
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

American flags soared high and motorcycles roared to life Saturday as local residents lined Main Street to pay special tribute to military veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion members, as well as local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and civic groups, passed out candy to eager children waiting on the sidewalks.

Cristal Wofford of Melrose stopped to watch the parade with her family on a whim. It was her 7-year-old son’s first Veterans Day parade.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Yolanda Romero, right, of Clovis sings the National Anthem at the start of Saturday Veterans Day Parade in front of the Curry County Courthouse, while 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander Dave Wiesner, left, renders a salute to the colors.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Yolanda Romero, right, of Clovis sings the National Anthem at the start of Saturday Veterans Day Parade in front of the Curry County Courthouse, while 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander Dave Wiesner, left, renders a salute to the colors.

“We were just out around town and saw the parade,” she said. “My grandpa was in World War II.”

This year’s parade theme was “Never Forgotten.”

VFW Post 3280 and two squadrons from Cannon Air Force Base joined forces to make a float dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001, and other terrorist acts.

A Western Dairy Transport milk truck driven by a veteran was decked out in American flags, and Clovis’ last living Buffalo Soldier Ira Potter was honored as part of an American Legion float.

Parade judge Chris Pacheco, an Army veteran, said each of the organizations and floats received high scores in his book.

“They all put in a lot of effort,” he said.

“It went very well,” said organizer John Montano. “Everybody’s pleased with it. We had some good entries and we had a lot of people lined up.”

There were 38 total entries, and VFW Post 3280 took home the grand prize.

 

Parade winners

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Johnny Washington of American Legion Post 117 of Clovis salutes the American flag at Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Johnny Washington of American Legion Post 117 of Clovis salutes the American flag at Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade.

• Veterans organization floats:

First — American Legion Post 25

Second — American Legion Post 117

Third — Ladies Auxiliary Post 3280

• Veterans organization marching units:

First — U.S. Marines

Second — American Legion Post 117

Third — VFW Post 3015

• Businesses/organizations:

First — Grumpy O’ Men Motorcycle Group

Second — Society of American Military Engineers, High Plains Post

Third — Western Dairy Transport

• Youth organizations:

First — Clovis High School Air Force Junior ROTC

Second — Cub Scouts Pack 411

Third — Cub Scouts Pack 226

• Community:

First — Curry County Cats Spirit Squad

Second — Desert Diamonds Drill Team

Third — Miss Rodeo New Mexico Princess

• Joint Veterans Council of Clovis/Roosevelt County traveling trophy winner: VFW Post 3280