Come Nov. 11 we venerate our veterans. This weekend, our community will give homage to former, current and future members of the armed services. On Saturday at 11 a.m. a ceremony will take place at Freedom Park, Santa Fe Avenue and El Morro Road. After the ceremony, participants will walk to Fire and Ice Park for a picnic to serve the first 500 veterans. Luminarias will be displayed Friday and Saturday nights. Lights are available at $5 each from Rocky's, Quest Title, Homestake Mining and the Cibola Citizen.
What has become a yearly tradition got its start 99 years ago. The guns of Europe fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During four years, from 1914 to 1918, a great portion of that continent was literally torn to shreds by all manner of newfangled war machines. Other areas also felt the carnage, from the Balkan peninsula to Iraq. Lawrence was initiating guerilla warfare in Arabia and Palestine. Mexico was in revolt.
Doroteo Arango, better known as "Pancho" Villa, was raiding and looting throughout the country's north. In 1916 he crossed the international line and shot up Columbus.
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