The Veterans Honor Guard displays the colors during the Veterans Prayer Breakfast at Roswell Elks Lodge No. 969, Saturday morning. Mark Wilson Photo
Members of the community gathered Saturday at the Roswell Elks Lodge to honor veterans and usher in Memorial Day weekend with the ninth annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast.
Bob Bergmark, the Lodge’s district Americanism chairman, welcomed World War II veteran Bill Slade as the honored guest.
Slade, a resident of La Villa, was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Paris, Texas. At 5 feet 6 inches and 115 pounds, Slade was unable join the Army Aviation Cadet program after he completed college because he was considered too small. Slade would not let his passion for flight go unrealized, however, and worked in produce to pay for his flying lessons in the Civilian Pilot Training program in Oklahoma. Slade would eventually fly Spitfires for the Royal Air Force before transferring to the Army Air Corps Login to read more