Ron Fernandez, of Albuquerque, and a 1981 New Mexico Military Institute alumnus, readies to play “Amazing Grace” during Silver Taps, Thursday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
A single flame burned bright against the darkness at New Mexico Military Institute Thursday night as 16 men and women stood at attention, facing the flame.
Inside the courtyard of the Hagerman Barracks, hundreds of people stood almost hidden in the darkness and completely silent as the annual Silver Taps ceremony started off the Institute’s Homecoming.
The cadets were like statues, not even moving an inch as they respectfully remembered those who once walked the same halls and courtyards.
The silence was broken by the sorrowful but beautiful sound of bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace,” and then a voice on the loud speaker started listing names.
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