Thanks again to everyone who made this year’s Veterans Day celebration so great, especially Alberto Villegas and all the members of the Eddy County Patriotic Association. Softball coach John Tigert was this year’s keynote speaker and he told an incredible story about his family’s military service history. Greg Bland also read a wonderful poem about our veterans that was inspired when he saw a video of the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can view these presentations on the City’s Facebook page, if you were unable to make it to the ceremony.
The Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard, Grace Rodriguez, Rabbi Jay Newcomb, Liza Carrasco and several local youth also helped us with the ceremony. Chaplain Sam Plumlee assisted us with the dedication of the Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Ceremony, which is now operational.
We also want to give special thanks to Ken Young, Robert Galindo and the Cavemen Band for participating in the annual Veterans Day Parade. Thank you also to the many volunteers and community members who participated in the parade and ceremony. World War II veteran Bill Fuson, my uncle, and Korean War veteran Don Dayton were among the special guests present. Many other groups have gone above and beyond to help honor our veterans, and we appreciate all of their efforts.
It was a weekend full of pianos in Carlsbad. On Friday, Carlsbad Community Concerts hosted Jason Lyle Black at PR Leyva Auditorium. The Carlsbad High School Jazz Band opened for Black to a packed auditorium. Free tickets were given to veterans in the area to thank them for their service. A lot of hard work went into putting together this great event. Special thanks to Rebecca Cannon, who worked very hard on this event.
Then on Saturday, the Boys & Girls Club held a “Keys for Kids” fundraiser at the Pecos River Village Conference Center. A special thank you to the organizers Caleb Cunningham, Missi Currier and Ekta Bhakta, as well as the very involved Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club. It’s been a great few weeks for the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, and the club recently recognized the hiring of Executive Director Melissa Chavez.
One of the other upcoming events in Carlsbad will be a special recognition ceremony on Dec. 8 at the college. The Ricky Garcia Foundation, the Cavemen Strong organization and the Spirit of Carlsbad will all honor outstanding citizens, first responders, teachers and students. We will also pay tribute that evening to several retired teachers and several exceptional citizens. It’s going to be another big night in Carlsbad.
Dale Janway, Mayor of Carlsbad