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Local events to honor veterans Thursday

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Several events in town Wednesday and Thursday will honor area veterans for Veterans Day.

The New Mexico Military Institute will have a parade starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Stapp Parade Field. The parade is open to the public. A breakfast for veterans and active duty military will be offered at 8 a.m. Thursday at JRT-VMV-Hinkle Hall. RSVPs can be made by Monday at 575-624-8262.

Roswell public schools will also have programs to honor veterans on Thursday.

Valley View Elementary School will have a parade and breakfast for veterans Thursday. The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. with a color guard of veterans from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, followed by a parade of veterans.

Students will display posters they made in the hallways of the school and give thank-you letters and drawings to veterans. The school’s History Club and student council will then serve a breakfast for the veterans.

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Mountain View Middle School will have an outdoor event starting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with a performance by the school choir. Louis Mestas, commander of American Legion Post 28, will speak.

Roswell High School will have its annual veterans assembly Thursday. A reception will be at 12:45 p.m. in the gym foyer with an assembly at 1:55 p.m.

Operation Gratitude, a national nonprofit volunteer organization that supports active military, veterans and first responders, will be handing out care packages to veterans and first responders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Champion Motorsports, 2801 W. Second Street. The event was originally scheduled for Thursday but due to shipping delays of the gratitude packages was changed to Saturday, according to Megan White, director of marketing and events for Champion Motorsports.

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

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