Courtesy Photo | Ernie Lopez

State Rep. Tara Jaramillo’s words echoed through Isidro Baca Park on Memorial Day.

A crowd of 150 gathered to honor the fallen and their families for service and sacrifice.

Singing the anthem was Victoria Murillo. The invocation was brought by Katheryne Ross of the DAV Auxiliary, and the host of the event was Lt. Col Dave Finley of the Civil Air Patrol.

Invited speakers were State Rep. Tara Jaramillo, District 38; Ravi Bhasker, Mayor of Socorro; John Chavez, DAV; Command Sergeant Maj. Michael Cordery, U.S. Army; Henry Minitrez, N.M. National Guard, Socorro born; Brig. Gen. Jamison Herrera, N.M. National Guard and newly installed Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range.

The ceremony concluded with the 21-gun salute by the DAV Honor Guard, bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace,” and the playing of Taps by George Murillo.

Chieftain Staff Report