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The City of Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade opening ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the reviewing stand at the corner of Las Cruces Avenue and Main Street. At the sound of the cannon at 11 a.m., directed by Mayor Ken Miyagishima, the parade will begin.
Parade participants will stage at the corner of Lohman Avenue and Main Street and travel north on Main Street to the turn-about, then to Water Street and back to the staging area.
This year’s parade theme is “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans.”
Grand marshals for 2022 are James P. Ashby, Sam Bothern and Hubert Gay, United States Air Force; Len Boulas, Bruce Fonnest, Dale Heiligenthal, Larry Nichols and Donald Williams; U.S. Army; James Jaramillo, U.S. Navy; and Reymundo Rivera, U.S. Marine Corps.
More than 60 participants are expected in this year’s parade, including the Las Cruces police and fire departments; Mesilla Town Marshal; Vietnam Veterans of America; 2022 Veterans Day Poster Contest winner Andrea Logo, a Mesa Middle School eighth grader; VFW posts 4838, 6917 and 10124; American Legion post 10; Mesilla Valley Military Order of the Purple Heart 2004; El Perro Diablo Detachment 478 Marine Corps League; Military Officers Association of America; DAV chapters 10 and 38; Special Forces chapter LXXX; Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas; United Military Women of the Southwest; Military Rescue Ram Club; NMSU Police Department; NMSU ROTC; Organ Mountain Fire Department #5; Organ Mountain, Centennial, Gadsden, Las Cruces and Mayfield high schools; Fairacres Fire Department; Gadsden Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; Doña Ana Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Veterans Center; Mesilla Fire Department; local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; and others.
The Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade has been put on by volunteers since 1995 in support of local Veterans, according to www.lascrucesvetday.org. Lt. Col. (ret.) Fred Frank started the parade. Bill Hawkins is the Veterans Day Parade Committee’s long-time chair.
Visit the website for a parade route map and other information.