City Councilors approved naming the new veterans’ cemetery the Gen. Douglas L. McBride-Roswell Veterans’ Cemetery at their meeting Thursday.
“I think the name is very appropriate. Gen. McBride has done an awful lot in the community,” said Col. Ron McKay, board member of the Chaves County Veterans’ Cemetery Board. “What a wonderful man he was.”
The cemetery was dedicated Dec. 30, at its newly improved grounds adjacent to the South Park Cemetery.
The cemetery board and city joined in the past few months to fast-track one acre of the 20-acre parcel donated to the city by the McBride family. The group expects to begin burials in the next few months, with future plans of seeking state and federal approvals to become officially recognized as a federally recognized cemetery.
The city’s Building and Lands Committee, comprised of councilors Jason Perry, Steve Henderson and Juan Oropesa, approved the name application just before the council Login to read more