SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a proclamation declaring November “Veterans & Military Families Month” throughout the state of New Mexico.
While the nation honors the service and sacrifice of military veterans Nov. 11, it’s equally important to recognize the sacrifice of their families, Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
“The strength of our veterans and service members is rooted in the unconditional love and unwavering support of their families,” the governor said.
November was designated Military Families Month nationally in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA. The governor is encouraging New ‘Mexicans to attend any of the numerous veteran-related activities scheduled this month throughout the state. The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services has created a link on its website which lists these events. Go to www.nmdvs.org and click on the “Events” tab in the upper right corner.
On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the governor will be the keynote speaker at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the Bataan Memorial Building. New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Secretary Judy Griego is also attending the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. It follows the annual Veterans Day Parade from Fire Station No.1 near Fort Marcy Park to the Veterans Memorial.
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales is the scheduled keynote speaker at the annual 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire.