FARMINGTON — Events throughout San Juan County this year will provide residents a chance to reflect on the sacrifices of veterans who have died while serving their country.
"It’s our chance to get out and honor and remember veterans who were killed in action in any of the wars," said Bruce Salisbury, a U.S. Air Force veteran and member of the Aztec Veterans of Foreign War Post 614.
Members of the Aztec VFW post will attend Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the county on Monday. They will first head to the Aztec Cemetery for a service to recognize veterans who have been killed in action. Then they will go to Aztec's Minium Park and a memorial at the county's administrative offices off of Oliver Drive in Aztec.
After visiting the ceremonies in Aztec, the veterans will go to Farmington and pay their respects at the grave of a veteran who is buried at Memory Gardens. They will also visit the All Veterans Memorial Park in Berg Park and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial off of Butler Avenue.
The VFW is just one of many groups that will honor veterans on Memorial Day. Other events in the community include:
Riverfest: The One Nation Gourd Dance will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the All Veterans Memorial Park in Farmington's Berg Park, which can accessed off of South Tucker Avenue.
Healing Field: The field of flags has been set up since Friday morning outside the Boys and Girls Club of Farmington, located Sullivan Ave. There will be a Memorial Day celebration starting at 10 a.m. Monday. The event will include a bounce house and hot dogs. At 5:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a closing program with music, speakers and a roll call of local people who were killed in action.
Memorial Day song and dance: The third annual Sheep Springs Tooh Haltsooí Veterans Organization song and dance will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Sheep Springs Visitors Center, located at U.S. Highway 491 and Navajo Route 134. Information: 505-354-0619.
Flag re-folding ceremonies: The Newcomb Chapter and VFW Post 9517 in Shiprock will host flag re-folding ceremonies at 3 p.m. Monday at the Newcomb Chapter House off of U.S. Highway 491. Information: 505-696-3300. The Upper Fruitland Chapter’s Veterans Organization will also host a flag re-folding ceremony from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the chapter house, located at Navajo routes 562 and 36 in Upper Fruitland. Information: 505-960-5032 ext. 9811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memory Gardens: The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be start at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery, 6917 E. Main St. Information: 505-320-9227.
Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.