Saluting service and sacrifice

November 10, 2013 • Local News

New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe cadets carry an American flag to lead the way during the Veterans Day Parade, Saturday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)

City shows appreciation, reverence at Veterans Parade

Saturday morning was greeted with a thin layer of fog over Roswell. It sat, almost as if it were waiting for something — almost as if it knew the day was one of somber reverence mixed with celebrated appreciation.

For a little more than a decade, the Veterans Parade Committee has come together as a group of volunteers to create a parade in honor of past and present veterans. And as the sun cleared away the fog, a warm morning greeted all the red, white and blue of this year’s parade.

Main Street was crowded: floats, cars, military personnel, marching bands and people lining the sidewalks. From young children to older veterans, everyone who attended knew the importance of honoring those who have served, especially those who have fallen.

“I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane,” played over loud speakers, followed by a variety of patriotic songs sung live by Tom Blake Trio. Meanwhile, Veterans Parade Committee volunteer Sara Hall directed all the groups walking or Login to read more

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