Letters to the editor: Base honor guard deserves thanks

I would like to share this concerning the men and women of Cannon Air Force Base who volunteer for funeral duty.

On Oct. 27, the family and friends of Chief Master Sgt. Antonio Soccio Jr. gathered in the Farwell cemetery to lay an American soldier to rest.

On arrival to the grounds, the CAFB honor guard stood at attention as the hearse carrying the body of a Vietnam veteran approached.

The unit consisting of men and women looked sharp in their dress blues.

The honor unit displayed professional military dignity as it removed the casket draped with the American flag from the hearse and placed it on the gurney atop the final resting place.

The folding of the flag along with its presentation to my mother-in-law Precilla Soccio was very moving.

The firing-party salute brought pride to live in a country where the farewell to a fallen comrade is manifestly displayed.

The bugler's playing of "Taps" brought tears to my eyes along with the many people present as the sound covered the cemetery grounds.

I would like to say thank you to the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard.

May God bless the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for protecting the people of the United States and the freedoms many of us take for granted.

Marty Martinez


Hurricane sign from God

The timing of Hurricane Sandy with the full moon and the high tide are signs of God.

The devastation that took place on the East Coast goes to show us who is in charge.

I believe the time is rapidly approaching for Jesus Christ to return to the Earth and take the kingdoms of the world for himself.

I believe we are not doing the right things. Things are not getting any better; they are getting worse.

It's time for the Lord himself to descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Raymond Samora

Fort Sumner

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