Memorial Day Dedication of Improved Veterans Memorial
ESPAÑOLA – Memorial Day brought a busy day at the Veterans Memorial on the Plaza in Espanola Monday. The day started at 9:30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed amphitheater seating and landscaping. Local dignitaries from the City, Rio Arriba County, state legislature and representatives from Congressman Lujan joining in to open the newly improved memorial.
Mayor Alice Lucero opened the event by thanking the partnership of city employees, Rio Arriba County, local legislators and the many volunteers who made the improvements to the memorial possible. “It is a very special day as we honor our fallen heroes, to see the completion of this project that the city has worked on for several years.” said Mayor Lucero. “The completion of this memorial was only possible due to teamwork of staff and volunteers, and a great partnership with Rio Arriba County.” Mayor Lucero went on to explain how Rio Arriba County stepped forward when an executive order from the Governor would have made it impossible for the City to receive the state funds to complete this project and other capital projects in the city.
State Representative Nick Salazar and Deputy County Manager David Trujillo also spoke during the event. Following the ribbon cutting the city held a reception at the Convento on the Plaza.
Deputy County Manager David Trujillo
See below for more images and quotes from the day.
Espanola City Councilor Michelle Martinez: “Today’s dedication was much needed, much overdue, and it is something we owe to our veterans for the sacrifice they made to our community.”
Espanola City Councilor John Hernandez: “I was very impressed with the overall project. It reflects the pride and humility of our community by showing our vet’s the respect they are due. These veterans gave greatly and sometimes made the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is for remembering and respecting what they did.”
Mayor Pro Tem Pedro Valdez: “This dedication opens one of the major phases in building this memorial. We still need the cover over the seating area and to continue the sidewalk. The Veterans commission here in town is taking donations to complete these improvements. I am proud to have given the first $300 contribution to pay for a square along the walk.”
Helen Maestas who has been with the Blue Star Mothers for nine years attended the dedication of the Memorial. Her son, three grandsons all served. Her husband was a disabled veteran.
Community members visiting the Memorial after the dedication ceremony.