Roswell’s request for a federally designated veterans’ cemetery was denied, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.
The four cities selected for the first phase of the new state program to provide veterans’ cemeteries for rural communities were Angel Fire, Carlsbad, Fort Stanton and Gallup.
The Chaves County Veterans’ Cemetery Board submitted an application to the state in December, in an effort to be included in the governor’s new regional veterans’ cemetery program.
Col. Ron McKay, board member of the Chaves County Veterans’ Cemetery Board, said the governor’s decision was a letdown.
“The main thing we wanted was the designation,” McKay said. “That’s what bothers me. It’s a big letdown for the people here. I don’t understand it — after all the Login to read more