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11-26-1996 VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P .O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES , NEW MEXICO 88004 Minutes of the 26 November Meeting The board convened at 1310 in the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll Call was taken. Present were: Joseph Heintz, Chairman; Warren Rogers, Vice Chairman & DAV rep; Elsa Baker, VVA rep; Noel Cooley AMVETS rep; Robert Wiley, VFW rep. This constituted a quorum. It was moved, seconded and passed that the minutes be accepted as written. Old Business: none. Committee reports: Elsa Baker made a report on the status of the Veterans Park Copy enclosed. New Business: Elsa Baker attended the dedication ceremony of the Albuquerque Veteran's Memorial at Phil Chacon Park She displayed a set of photos she took at the ceremony. They were very impressive and provided ideas on the type of dedication ceremony we should have for our park This dedication was on November 11, Veteran's Day. The 7 December 1996 Pearl Harbor Day ceremony which will be at the American Legion to honor our Pearl Harbor survivors was discussed. It will be a luncheon at noon followed by a ceremony at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will cost $3.00 a person for those other than the survivors. Three flags which have been flown over the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will be presented to three survivors, an Amy, Navy and Army Air Corps veteran who had been present during the attack. It was reported that the State American Legion Commander will present a proposal for establishing a shelter to feed and house homeless veterans passing through Las Cruces. The date will be announced. The COLA this year will be 2.9 % effective 1 December 1996, included in the 1 January checks. There will be no VAAB meeting in December since the meeting day falls on Christmas Eve. The next meeting will be on 28 January 1997. The meeting adjourned at 1350. Warren Rogers Acting Secretary 1 encl a/s r November 26, 1996 Veterans Memorial Park. There are no new developments to report on the Veterans Memorial Park since last month. The City Landscaper, Joni Gutierrez, is still waiting for the survey of the additional 5 acres. A new design can then be ac- complished. The total number of acres is 9. The Veterans Memorial Park is estimated to cost a total of $500,000. The City is planning to ask the State Legislature to appropriate $400,000. The City of Albuquerque was successful in obtaining a 1992 State of New Mexico Grant of $100,000 and a 1993 State of New Mexico Grant of $500,000. The total projected .cost of The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial at Phil Chacon Park in Albuquerque is $11,680,000 (nearly $12 million) . The total acreage of the Albuquerque park is 50 acres. The Albuquerque park -- despite the fact that it is being advertised as The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial -- does set a precedent for asking the State Legislature for funding. VAAB Park Chairman, Elsa Baker, attended the dedication ceremonies on 11 November 1996, for Phase I of The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial at Phil Chacon Park. She attended mainly to get ideas for a similar ceremony in Las Cruces in the future. The Albuquerque park project started out (as did the Las Cruces park) with the veterans selecting the site. The City of Albuquerque then went out for requests for proposals. The proposals were reviewed by the veterans and then went to the Albuquerque Arts Board. The Arts Board took it to the neigh- borhood association and public hearings were held. Phase I of the park consisted of completion of the land moving for parking lot and ampitheater as well as the completion of the semi circular back wall of the ampitheater. The Fallen Friend memorial, which will be part of The Memorial Garden, has been started. The design is by artist, Jesus Morales. encl