Uncle Sam on stilts helps escort veterans through a line of applauding students during the annual Veterans Day Program at Goddard High School, Thursday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Five veterans representing the five branches of the U.S. military broke ground on the Chaves County Courthouse front lawn at noon on Veterans Day, commencing the construction of a new war memorial.
The memorial, spearheaded by Chaves County Commissioners and a War Memorial Committee, is meant to be an addition to the Veterans Memorial in front of the Chaves County Administrative Center.
â€œWe have outgrown our old memorial,â€ County Commissioner and Army veteran Michael Trujillo told the crowd, noting that the old memorial has names missing, misspelled and does not honor those who served in current conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan. â€œWe decided we needed to honor our soldiers better than that.â€
Funding for the memorial was denied by the state, but veterans rallied to raise the $200,000 themselves by launching a â€œbrick campaign.â€ They will Login to read more