The public is invited to come to the Plaza to watch the annual Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Friday November 11 and attend the ceremony immediately following the parade at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Bataan building at 11 a.m. All veterans are invited to participate in the parade, which begins at Fire Station #1 on Murales Road, winds around the Plaza and then makes its way to the memorial.
The keynote speaker this year is scheduled to be Colonel Michael P. Peters, U. S. Army (retired). Col. Peters is president of St. John’s College. Prior to assuming the presidency of St. John’s in January 2005, Mr. Peters was the Executive Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. He joined the Council in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Peters served for over 27 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel. During this time, among other positions, he served as a platoon leader in Vietnam; an assistant professor of economics at West Point; a Soviet military specialist, including duty as an attaché in Moscow; an executive assistant in the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a battalion commander in the Army Special Operations Command with deployments to Panama and Saudi Arabia. He concluded his military career as the Chief of Staff at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Music will be provided by the Santa Fe Concert Band and the Carlos Gilbert and Acequia Madre elementary schools Celebration Choir.
For more information on the parade route or to participate in the parade contact Therese Prada, 955-6043; for more information on the ceremony, contact Josetta Rodriguez, Event Planner/Field Coordinator, Department of Veteran’s Services, 827-6356 or Monica Calles, 690-3762.