Veterans Day Events

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Veterans Day Events
The color guard of American Veterans for Equal Rights marched in Albuquerque’s Veterans Day Parade for the first time in 2009. (Courtesy of Steve Loomis)
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Thursday, November 11

• “Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Healing the Damages”

Panel with Col. Victor Fehrenbach, Lt. Col. Steve Loomis, Major Patricia Baillie and Petty Officer 3 rd Class Joseph Rocha. Held at UNM School of Law (1117 Stanford NE), Room 2401. 7 p.m.

•  Albuquerque Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

Parade from Bullhead Park, then music by the NMARNG 44 th Army Band, fallen warrior tribute and speakers at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (1100 Louisiana SE). Park-and-ride available; call 311 for details. 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•  Veterans’ Day Parade and Ceremony in Santa Fe

Parade begins in downtown Santa Fe. A commemorative ceremony follows at the Veteran’s Memorial on the west side of the Bataan Memorial Building (Montezuma and Galisteo). New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary John Garcia will give the welcoming address. 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. ceremony.

•  Veterans Day Ceremony

Held at Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park (off of Southern on Pinetree, between the Esther Bone Memorial Library and a post office). Speakers include Mayor Tom Swisstack of Rio Rancho. 11 a.m.

• Free Veterans Day Entrée at Applebee’s

Veterans and active duty military personnel (with proof of service) can choose from a selection of entrée items at participating Applebee’s restaurants. Visit for details.

•  Free Admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is offering free admission in honor of those who served. (The DynaTheater and planetarium admission charges remain.)

•  Free Admission to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History recognizes veterans and military members with free admission. Visitors can experience tours led by museum docents who are also veterans. There will be a patriotic performance by the men’s a capella group 505 Chorus at 4 p.m.

Friday, November 12

•  New Mexico Veterans Art Exhibit

Support local artists who are veterans at the Expo New Mexico (300 San Pedro NE) Fine Arts Building. The show opens at 6 p.m. Friday, then runs Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wounded Warrior Benefit Dinner Dance

Gary Sinise, the actor known as Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump , plays with the Lt. Dan Band at this fundraiser held at Atlantic Aviation. Individual tickets start at $150. E-mail or call (214) 213-8136 for details. 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 14

•  Fourth Annual Veterans Day 11k Run

Begins at Kit Carson Park (1744 Kit Carson SW). $30 registration through Nov. 12, $35 on day of race. Proceeds benefit New Mexico Veterans Integration Center. Registration required. Visit for details. 8 a.m.

Monday, November 15

• Free Veterans Dinner at Golden Corral Restaurants

A free "thank you" dinner is available to veterans of the armed forces, or anyone serving in the National Guard or Reserves. Visit for details. 5 to 9 p.m.
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