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Historical society receives NM State Capitol’s flag

Amy McVey Davis, executive director of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, reads Saturday afternoon from the New Mexico House of Representative Proclamation dedicating a U.S. flag to the organization after it was flown over the New Mexico State Capitol. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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As she reads, members of the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard prepare to hoist and present the flag in front of the Historical Society building at 200 N. Lea Ave. and Col. Jason Garcia of the U.S. Army Reserve presides. Garcia works with the New Mexico Military Institute and is a member of the Historical Society board.

“I think often we take for granted what the flag means, but we are all one family,” Davis said. She and volunteer Judie Alsup originally obtained the flag for Veterans Day in November, she said.

The two then decided to ask New Mexico Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell) about having it flown over the capitol. Wooley, who attended the dedication, also formally requested the proclamation and was among those who signed it.

The proclamation recognized the historical organization for its efforts to preserve the writings, memoirs and artifacts of military personnel from the region.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.