Española Remembers Memorial Day

by Staff Reporter / May 29, 2017 / 0 comments
The Memorial Day ceremony in Española was held at the Veterans Memorial Monday morning. Photos by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post

Española Remembers Memorial Day

By George Morse

With an American Flag of enormous dimensions proudly waving in the wind, the community of Española honored its veterans of the armed forces in a Memorial Day ceremony May 29 at the Veterans Memorial across from the Plaza de Española.

After Master of Ceremonies Chris Archuleta opened the event and Marvin Callahan gave an Invocation, the colors were posted and the National Anthem was sung by Justin Sanchez.

Chris Archuleta opens the Memorial Day event while Mayor Lucero and City Councilors Robert Seeds and Pedro Valdez look on. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

After a moment of silence in remembrance of Prisoners of War/Missing in Action, Española Mayor Alice A. Lucero welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

A Veterans honor guard provided a gun salute. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

“”We have many veterans here in Northern New Mexico, including Espanola,” Mayor Lucero said. “Many served who lost their lives. The City of Española built this wall in behalf of a grateful community in respect of their sacrifice. All gave some. Some gave all.”

Matt Miller, representing Senator Tom Udall, spoke to the crowd. Then, Cliff Rees, representing Representative Ben Ray Lujan, also spoke in honor of the veterans.

Matt Miller spoke for Senator Tom Udall. Photo with George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The ceremony honored veterans who had recently passed away. Española businessman Richard P. Cook, who served in the Navy during World War II, Raymond Phillip Moya Jr of Santa Fe, who served in the Army in Iraq and Adonario Horsey Gallegos of Questa (Cerro) who served in the Marine Corps in World War II in the battle of Iwo Jima.

Master of Ceremonies Archuleta served with Moya in Iraq.

“For me it means a lot that he (Moya) was honored,” Archuleta said. “I served with him in Iraq. One hundred and twenty of us went there and 120 of us came home. It touched my heart. My grandfather died in World War II.”

Laying of the wreath. Photo by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post

A wreath was placed by Archuleta at the Memorial, followed by a three-gun rifle salute by the Santa Fe Disabled American Veterans Auxillary Chapter 15 and the playing of taps by Eddie Maestas.

Callahan delivered the departing prayer.

Photos by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post.