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NMSU celebrates veterans

Date: 11/03/2014

Originally established in 1938, Armistice Day was created to honor veterans of World War I. In 1954, Nov. 11 became known as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all American wars.

A small American flag decorating a table.
A United States flag is used to decorate a table at the Veterans Day picnic to honor NMSU employees and students who are military veterans. NMSU?s Military and Veterans Programs office is hosting the annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Garcia Annex courtyard. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

With the 60th anniversary of Veterans Day approaching, New Mexico State University campuses throughout the state are hosting events to honor the men and women who have served the country.

In Las Cruces, NMSU?s Military and Veterans Programs will host its third annual Veterans Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Garcia Annex courtyard. Andele?s is providing the food for the picnic, and Military and Veterans Programs welcomes all NMSU faculty, staff and students who are active duty or veterans, as well as any dependents and family members.

?We owe our veterans a great debt that we can never fully repay,? said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs. ?Our veterans have answered the call to serve our great country and its citizens at great cost. For this we owe them respect, honor and opportunity. Veterans have always been great assets to our nation and will continue to be.

?According to Forbes, veterans may make your next best hire. Veterans are leadership ready at every level, composed and creative under pressure, pay attention to detail, embrace the team player mentality and have uncompromising integrity. So on Veterans Day, don't just thank a veteran, hire one.?

NMSU?s Army ROTC will attend the third annual Celebration of Traditions, a special tribute created to honor former NMSU students who gave their lives in America?s wars, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Memorial Tower at Traders Plaza outside of the Health and Social Services Building.

Additionally on Saturday, Nov. 8, NMSU?s Army ROTC will be participating in a pair of parades. The group will start the Las Cruces Veterans Day parade at 9 a.m. by firing the ROTC cannon, and they also will join NMSU?s Homecoming parade at 10 a.m.

During the week of Nov. 10-14, the Student Veterans Association will be writing sidewalk chalk messages across the Las Cruces campus with facts about the five branches of the military.

Veterans Programs at Dona Ana Community College will hold a Veterans Day celebration and ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at DACC?s East Mesa campus in the commons area of the student resources building. The event will include a flag ceremony, posting of colors, music and a guest speaker with a reception to follow.

At NMSU-Alamogordo, Veterans Programs will sponsor a Veterans Day appreciation ceremony for faculty and staff on the patio from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. A Frito pie lunch will be served.

At NMSU-Grants, the Native American club is hosting a ceremony for veterans at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The group is presenting certificates and flags to faculty, staff and students who served in the military. Dinner will follow at the South House.

Written by Tiffany Acosta

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