The Roswell Veterans Honor Guard presents the flag at the Republican Woman Luncheon, Wednesday, to honor area veterans. A total of 116 people attended the event. (Jessica Palmer Photo)
The Federated Republican Women of Chaves County held a lunch to honor area veterans, Wednesday.
President Joan Boué circulated a request, asking for any member who is a veteran or had a family member who is a veteran to put forward a name.
“We received 26 responses and honored every person named.”
A total of 116 people attended to see 26 veterans receive certificates of honor for their service to their country.
The veterans honored were Barney Mays, San Ingram, State Rep. Bob Wooley (R-66), Greg Neal, Jack Swickard, Chuck Coll, Ken Zacher, Kevin Roe, Grandon West, Dennis Kintigh, Tom Slape, Gene De Los Santos, Dan Girand, Donal C. Armstrong, Jim Manatt, Jerry Heck, Christopher Sanders, Billy Nelson, Larry Newsom, Dick Floyd, Odis Word, Brian Davis, John A. Mihm, Kennith Hittle, Anthony Bloife and Bill Newman.
Wooley presented the awards and then addressed the crowd.
“I was a veteran of the Vietnam War. At that time, I would not say I was a vet. Now, I am proud to say it.”
He read the explanation of the folds of the flag written by an unnamed, unknown poet.
“The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
“The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. …
“The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans. …
“The fourth fold represents our weaker nature. …
“The fifth fold is a tribute to our country. …
“The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. …
“The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces. …
“The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death. …
“The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood. …
“The 10th fold is a tribute to the father. …
“The 11th fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
“The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
“When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”
Alice Eppers discussed the pending veterans cemetery.
“The land was donated. We have approached every member of City Council. This was in 2011. It is now 2013. The veterans still have no place to be buried here in Roswell. Two years is long enough.”
She urged people to contact city government.
Boué gave a brief report about the Republican Women Conference where Chaves County received two awards — the Gold Award, for their efforts in the community, and a second place in the scrapbook competition.
POWs / MIA
Richard Louis Albright
Abie Lawrence Apodaca
Jose L Archuleta
Fred Franklin Atinson Jr.
Stanley Warren Bailey
Richard Alan Bateman
Clifford Geral Bull
Celestino Chavez Jr.
Arthur A. Clifton
William Harley Cole
Jacob C. Cummings
Herbert J. Doughty
Donal D. Durfee
Earnest Newton Franklin
Thomas Burns Hall
Raymundo E. Holguin
John David Kington
Robert James Lucas
Eutiquio J. Lujan
Blas W. Lujan
Joe L. Madril
Primeo R. Martinez
Rudy Velasco Mesa
Carlos B. Moya
Joseph John Marray
Lonnie Lavern Parker
Ithal Thad Patterson
Gray Pinto Pete
Oliver Lee Pruitt
Alberto S. Ramirez
Ray Robert Raught
Manuel Torrio Romero
Richard W. Stokum
Elias Eli Torres
Isidro E. Trujillo
Stan Leroy Corfield
Ricardo Gonzales Davis
Frederick D. Herrera
Mitchell S. Lane
Calvin Walter Maxwell
Scott Winston McIntire
Robert D. Morrissey
Bobby G. Neeld
John Sanders Oldham
Max Coleman Simpson
Robert S. Trujillo
Bain Wendell Wiseman Jr.