Memorial honoring veterans kicks off Sunday in Las Cruces

A memorial in Las Cruces that shows American soldiers who died in action in Vietnam. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

A group of veterans in Las Cruces are coming together this Memorial Day Weekend to host its annual wreath laying ceremony to honor their fallen comrades.

The American Legion Post 10, which is comprised of wartime vets, has hosted this memorial for the last nine years.

Robert Richie, who is the commander at the American Legion Post in Las Cruces, said the event offers something for every type of veteran.

“It’s not only a comfort, it’s kind of a necessity,” Richie said. “I think anyone that has been to combat has some form of PTSD, it doesn’t matter if you’re on the front lines or in the rear echelon, they’re getting (murdered) every day. Getting together with your comrades helps you to deal with it,” said Richie.

The wreath memorial will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. and St. Joseph cemetery on 100 South Espina Street in Las Cruces.

Chaplain Lawrence Orvis, who served two tours in Vietnam, wants to encourage everyone who live in the surrounding region to come down and be a part of the event.

“We want to public to come down here, even if you don’t live in Dona Ana County. If you live in El Paso or any of the surrounding areas, please come to this even. You are going to love it.”

Timeline of events:

8 a.m. -- Memorial begins

8:45 a.m. -- group photo with veterans followed by flag line march, speech given by keynote speaker Marine Ray Rivera, Marine Color Guard, “Honor of Wreath” salute.

The public is encouraged to show up and support their local veterans.

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