Speaker Ben Lujan Memorialized: Hundreds Gather To Honor Lujan’s Legacy
ESPAÑOLA – On Sunday afternoon dignitaries from around the state gathered along the side of the road outside Española to witness as New Mexico Department of Transportation employees unveiled the new Ben Lujan Memorial Sign for U.S.Hwy. 84/285.
Sunday, July 12, 2015, would have been the former Speaker of the House, Ben R. Lujan’s 80th birthday. Speaker Lujan died in December 2012.
The former iron worker from Nambe rose to the top of New Mexico government as Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives with his beloved wife, Carmen, beside him all the way.
Speaker Lujan and Carmen are also the parents of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, third Congressional District
See below for more images from the dedication.
Mrs. Carmen Lujan, wife of the former Speaker of the House, Ben R. Lujan, extends a warm hello to friend at the dedication of US 84/285 from Española to Santa Fe except for a section named for former Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. Jacob Viarreal near Poajoaque. The former Speaker’s Chief of Staff, Regis Pecos, looks on. Valley Daily Post image
A Who’s Who of dignitaries attended the dedication of the Ben Lujan Memorial Highway including local, state and national leaders. Valley Daily Post image
The Speaker’s family poses for a photo gathered around the newly unveiled sign honoring him. Valley Daily Post image
Mr. & Mrs. Ben and Carmen Lujan on their wedding day. Courtesy image