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Gold Star mother to be recognized at Sunday ceremony


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The mother of a man from Roswell who died while serving in Iraq will be recognized during a ceremony Sunday.

Stephen Lee, commander of the Norman Lee Harpole Post 61 of the American Legion, said the public is invited to attend the event Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 200 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Angel Mayes of Roswell will be honored at the ceremony, where she will be presented with a Gold Star banner and plaque. Lee added that local singer Tom Blake will perform a rendition of the Bill Ray Cyrus song, “Some gave all.”

A Gold Star Mother is a mother whose child has died while actively serving in the United States military. Lee added the ceremony will take place on Gold Star Mother’s Day, which is intended to recognize Gold Star mothers on the last Sunday of September.

Mayes’ son, Army Private First Class Antonio Stiggins, died April 22, 2011 from an IED (improvised explosive device) blast in Numaniyah, Iraq, where he was stationed.

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Stiggins, who was 25 years old at the time of his death, was in the U.S. Army and assigned to the F Troop, 2nd Squadron and 3rd Armored Calvary Division.

Born in Roswell, Stiggins later moved to Rio Rancho. In January 2010 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and at the time of his death was the first New Mexico casualty of Operation New Dawn.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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