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11-25-1997VERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY40ARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER 2000 LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 25 November 1997 The board convened at 1300 in the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were: Chairman Joseph Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, AMVETS rep Noel Cooley, VFW rep Robert Wiley. Julia Serna represented Senator Domenici. This constituted a quorum. The minutes of last month's meeting were approved. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES: Veterans Park Committee, Warren Rogers: There was a neighborhood meeting at Camino Del Rey School 12 November. Joni Gutierrez presented the plans for the Veterans Memorial Park. Councilman John Haltom and Parks Recreation Director Ted Novak attended as well as did residents of the area. After the plan of the layout was covered, questions were asked. In answer, they were told that this is a community park as well as a veterans park. No heavy use by veterans groups is anticipated. Initially, the area will be graded, grassed, landscaped with trees, water and electrical lines installed, parking area, paved walk ways, and a playground area will be built. Later there will be backstops for baseball, basketball and soccer goals, picnic and playground equipment. Mayor Smith earlier stated that work should begin after the first of the year. The residents were pleased and in agreement with the plan. Ceremony committee: Warren Rogers reported that there will be a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at 0945 Sunday, 7 December on the steps of the City Hall. All veterans organizations are requested to have their colors at the ceremony. The Onate High School Jr Naval ROTC will raise the colors on the city hall flag staff. Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 Disabled American Veterans is in charge of the ceremony. Ed Stanford, one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor Survivors, is scheduled to speak at the ceremony. {Harvey (Ed) Stanford of Deming} Robert Wiley asked why the Vietnam Wall model was not displayed here in Las Cruces. The WC will be asked to have the Vietnam Vets look into this. At the funeral service at Fort Bliss cemetery for retired Gunnery Sergeant Charles Provencio, where the Army furnished the honor guard and bugler, the marine first sergeant of the marine reserve training center said they could furnish marines for funeral services of deceased members of the Marine Corps. To get their detail call the reserve training center in E1 Paso. Since the fourth Tuesday of December falls on Christmas Eve, there will be no meeting of this board until 27 January, 1998. Warren Rogers, Acting Secretary