The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the New Mexico Department of Military Affairs and the New Mexico State Fair are teaming up to honor New Mexico’s military veterans and active-duty personnel on Sept. 18 for Military and Veterans’ Appreciation Day at the State Fair.
Admission is free for all veterans who show their New Mexico Veterans-Designation Driver’s License, a VA Medical Center ID card, a copy of their DD-214, or other official proof showing veteran or retiree status—and for all active-duty military personnel either in uniform or showing their DoD/military ID cards. Parking is free, but veterans and military personnel will be responsible for paying for spouses, family members or guests.
The theme for this year’s annual event at the fair is honoring Korean War veterans. There will be a short 11 a.m. ceremony at the Main Stage at the north end of the Avenue of the Governors honoring these men and women, as well as all men and women who have served our country.
The Korean-American Association of New Mexico is also scheduled to perform traditional Korean dances at the ceremony, which will conclude with the reading of the names of the 84 New Mexico servicemen and women who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All fair-goers are encouraged to visit the many unique hands-on exhibits on “Main Street” which will be on display by the New Mexico National Guard, the U.S. Armed Forces Service Branches and many other veterans’ service organizations.
Fairground gates open at 10 a.m. each day.