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NMMI hosts breakfast event for veterans

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Four veterans joined dozens of other former and current military members in some breakfast and camaraderie at Friday morning’s New Mexico Military Institute Veterans Day Breakfast, an annual tradition for at least 20 years.

In the above photo, from left, are Navy veteran Mike Points, Army veteran Dennis Pabst, Army and World War II veteran Jim Lilley and Navy veteran Vernon Dyer.

“As a veteran, I think we can’t recognize our veterans enough,” said Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, NMMI president and superintendent, remarking that veterans can benefit form receiving recognition and appreciation for their service, as opposed to the hostility many of them felt during the 1960s and ‘70s. “It is an honor for NMMI to continue this tradition.”

Lt. Col. James Davidson who joined NMMI in May as deputy commandant of operations after years at other military educational institutions including West Point, remembered the many military people who have made a difference in his life. Often with tears in his eyes, he recalled life spent with a series of veterans and combat warriors, some of whom have suffered for their time in wars.

Lt. Col. James Davidson speaks at the NMMI Veterans Day Breakfast Friday morning. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Davidson’s anecdotes started with his father and then moved to an ROTC instructor, followed by a former Green Beret who served as his Raider team sponsor, then his father-in-law and, finally, his two sons. “I would be here the rest of the day and most of the night to tell you all about the people I came across in my path, my veteran service, who helped me make it through some hard times,” Davidson said.

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NMMI Veterans Day events continue today with the 7 a.m. BRAVE 5K run in downtown Roswell and an 11 a.m. parade at Stapp Field.