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American Legion posts to offer veterans celebration Saturday

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The two American Legion posts in Roswell will join for a veterans remembrance and celebration at the Chaves County Courthouse on Saturday that will include a convoy to the Wool Bowl.

The event will start at 9 a.m. Saturday on the courthouse lawn, said Stephen Lee, commander of the Norman E. Harpole Post 61.

Post 28, 160 N. Montana Ave., will also take part in the event, which has the theme of “Korea: The Never Ending War — 1950 to Today.”

“We’re going to have some music with Tom Blake. The Roswell Honor Guard is going to be performing with their bugles, and Elizabeth Morales from the Roswell Chamber of Commerce is going to be singing the Star Spangled Banner for us,” Lee said.

Guest speaker will be John Wortman, a U.S. Army veteran who served with the 3rd Battalion,13th Field Artillery Regiment in Korea from 1979 to 1982, said Felix Sosa of Post 28.

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Wortman, of Las Cruces, is a 1973 graduate of Dexter High School. He will speak about the Korean War.

At about 10 a.m., the convoy to the Wool Bowl will start.

At the Wool Bowl parking lot, there will be booths, including Operation Gratitude, an organization whose mission is to forge bonds between Americans and military and first responders through service projects and activities such as letter-writing campaigns, craft projects and care package assembly, according to its website.

“We’re going to be giving away donated clothing to veterans at the event as well,” Lee said.

The post received a donation from a woman who offered her recently deceased veteran husband’s clothing.

“Some of it was practically brand-new and she wanted to make sure veterans got first pick,” Lee said.

It’s a program the Legion post hopes to expand, he said.

The post is also planning a Dec. 5 open house with the Roswell Chamber of Commerce to help veterans in finding assistance, volunteer opportunities and more, Lee said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.