San Juan County events will mark Veterans Day
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 614 in Aztec will host a breakfast and parade on Saturday.
- The Desert Gold Chapter of the Daughters of the National Society of the American Revolution will host a memorial dedication ceremony.
- The Farmington Indian Center will host its "Giving Thanks for Our Veterans" annual dinner on Friday.
- Several local businesses are also offering free meals to veterans and members of the military.
FARMINGTON — Several Veterans Day events are scheduled throughout San Juan County this weekend to recognize and pay tribute to veterans and active members of the U.S. military.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 614 in Aztec will host a breakfast and parade on Saturday. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at 201 S. Park Ave.
Club Manager Evelyn Beeson has been working at the post for 15 years and said she enjoys supporting veterans.
"They are all my good friends and I care about them all," she said.
Parade entries will line up near Aztec Feed and Supply in the 200 block of South Main Avenue at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will start at 10 a.m. The parade route will go north along Main Avenue toward Safeway. Parade entry forms can be picked up at the VFW post.
The Desert Gold Chapter of the Daughters of the National Society of the American Revolution will host a memorial dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.
At 8:30 a.m., Farmington High School students will help club members plant more than 1,000 American flags on the graves of veterans at the cemetery.
Martha Roberts, junior chair of the Desert Gold Chapter, has been working to identify those grave sites. She said the cemetery does not have a "hard copy" list of veterans' graves, so she is aiming to compile such a list.
"It's always been a way of life for me to honor the veterans," she said.
The Farmington Indian Center will host its "Giving Thanks for Our Veterans" annual dinner at 11 a.m. Friday at 100 W. Elm St. The cost is $5 per person.
Navajo Preparatory School students will volunteer during the event, according to Myra Newman, division manager of the center.
Several local businesses are also offering free meals to veterans and members of the military.
Farmington's Chick-Fil-A, St. Clair Winery and Bistro and Texas Roadhouse will offer free meals on Friday to those with proof of military service.
At Chick-Fil-A, active members of the armed services and veterans, along with their immediate family members, will receive a free chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Clair Winery and Bistro is offering a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Texas Roadhouse is offering one of free 10 meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Three Jiffy Lube locations in Farmington, along with locations in Arizona and Colorado, will offer free oil changes for veterans and active military with proof of military service. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the Jiffy Lube locations at 551 E. Main St., 4350 E. Main St. and 1721 E. 20th St.
Donations will be accepted for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.