Organizations plan week of remembrance for vets

Benna Sayyed

Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation.

According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and to honor veterans who still serve citizens by protecting them against terrorism.

“Veterans Day means a lot to me. I have two brothers who served in Vietnam. I was in Desert Storm,” said Hidalgo. “We have three or four military bases here in New Mexico.

“We (Clovis) were going to lose Cannon at one time; now we have the special operations and those guys are doing a heck of a job in performing their duties and I feel Clovis should support them,” Hidalgo said. “Because without them I believe that we would be a ghost town.”

Hidalgo said every veteran’s organization holds an open house during Veterans Week. The American Legion Post 25 open house is Friday on Veteran’s Day. The legion will host a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. that is open to the public.

After breakfast, Hidalgo and legion officers will visit veterans in rest homes to let them know they are not forgotten.

The annual Veterans Day Parade in Clovis is 10 a.m. Saturday. It starts at 14th and Main streets with an award presentation at VFW Post 3280 at noon.