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Weekend events honor local veterans

Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns - Veterans Day

The city of San Elizario will host the 21st annual Veterans Parade and celebration near the Veterans Memorial Park on Nov. 11. Starting at 9 a.m., the parade will kick off at Thompson Road and Socorro Road. It will head east on Socorro Road to Main Street in San Elizario, ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the San Elizario Church.

The ceremony will continue there, with veteran presentations at 10:30 a.m.. Special guests and the 2017 Grand Marshal will be introduced, followed by the lighting of the candles and the POW-MIA table ceremony. Five veterans will be honored for their military service.

Fort Bliss hosts the third annual Freedom Fest on Nov. 11 and 12, a free carnival which takes place annually on Veterans Day weekend. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. each day at Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss.

Freedom Fest will feature live music, carnival rides, games, food and beer vendors, inflatables, chalk artists, magic shows, carnival performers, a fortune teller booth, face painting and more.

On Nov. 12, Freedom Fest will conclude with a fireworks show. The weekend event is free and open to the general public.

Las Cruces will host a Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on Main Street in downtown, in partnership with the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market. The parade is run by a volunteer group in Las Cruces that meets periodically throughout the year to plan the special event. The parade is a tradition for the city, established in 1995.

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