Mora County Notebook: VFW pays tribute to fallen soldiers

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By Ruth Fort

In a flag raising ceremonial the VFW Post 1131 in Mora showed its respect in honoring those who have gone before them and gave the supreme sacrifice for our country.


The group met at the flag pole at the David Cargo Library to conduct the  ceremony. They raised the American and New Mexico flags and the Prisoners of War flag at half mast at 11:30 a.m. while they had the short ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by Thomas Sanchez. Joseph Pacheco read the meaning of having services such as this and why we have Memorial Day. Different veterans in the group named some of their fallen comrades in the different wars. The three-gun salute was made and “Taps” was played as each person bowed in memory of our heroes. At noon the flags were raised to the top of the pole and saluted.

It was sad that no one stopped at the ceremony although many people were going by. One happy incident happened. A  family came out of the Little Alaska Ice Cream Parlor and saw what was going on. They crossed the street and shook hands with the veterans who were present and thanked them for their part in protecting our country.  

High schools hold graduations

The two high schools in Mora County held their senior graduations. Mora High School graduated 79 seniors.  

Dr. Mario Leyba, M.D., a 1995 graduate of Mora High School, was the guest speaker. He is now a surgeon at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas. He mentioned that he had been in their place not too long ago. He advised the seniors that there are obstacles in life but if you fall down get back up. Listen to advice of those around you. Hardship trains you. He quoted his father as saying “Hazlo con amor y gana.” — “Do it with love and want.”

He said, “Enjoy those around you, your family, your friends, know always where you come from and be proud of who you are.”

The valedictorian was Joshua Garcia, son of Joe and Ann Garcia, and the salutatorian was Ryan Romero, son of Manuel and Sharon Romero.

Both gave inspiring speeches to encourage their classmates and to say thank you to parents and all involved in their education thus far. They had been introduced as the awards were given by Principal Danny Chavez and counselor Audra Vigil. The diplomas were presented to the graduates by Chavez.

The Mora High School band played for the processional and recessional and the National Anthem.

On Saturday, four  Wagon Mound seniors held their graduation at the Alfred Romero Gym in Wagon Mound. State Rep. Thomas Garcia was their guest speaker.

He graduated from Wagon Mound High School. He is now superintendent of the Mora Schools and the districts’ representative to the New Mexico Legislature. He also encouraged the graduates to strive to meet their goals and succeed in their chosen field.  

Albert Martinez presented the diplomas and awards to the students.        

Music concert held at Mora

The Mora Schools’ music department presented a varied music concert last Tuesday to a capacity crowd.

The fourth graders were included as they showed how well they could read music by playing flutaphones. This is good preparation for entering the fifth grade band.

The enthusiastic audience took many pictures of the students in their pride of the children’s’ achievement.

The sixth grade Mariachi Band, more or less dressed in style, was very enthusiastically received. They performed several numbers and one could see that they were playing with heart.

The musicians seemed to enjoy themselves. One stated that he could not wait until next year when he could play again.

After the break the two times state champion high school band really put on an enthusiastic show.

After their numbers  Maestas, teacher of all of those who performed, gave time to a group made up of two sophomores and a graduate who have formed their own band called “Falling Horizons.” They stated that they owed their interest in music to Maestas. They then played to the enthusiastic admiring audience.

Maestas introduced the players between each number and let the audience see what great musicians they were. Maestas showed that he was enjoying working with the young people and let them know how proud he was of them for their accomplishments.    

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.