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August 5, 2019
Santa Fe Home Town Heroes Adds 30 Banners

City Of Santa Fe Honors Veterans With 30 More Banners To Be Hung On Cerrillos Road To Honor “Hometown Heroes”

Enormous Response To Previous 20 Banners Prompts City Show Of Appreciation For Veterans And Families

The City of Santa Fe is honoring its “Hometown Heroes” with an expansion of its banner project along the Cerrillos Road corridor between I-25 and Rodeo Road. Twenty of the 23” x 36” banners featuring local veterans who served or are serving in the U.S. Military were hung in May. An additional 30 banners are being added next week, bringing the total to 50 banners that will be in place until November 18, 2019. The City of Santa Fe, NM is the first city in the State of New Mexico to participate in the “Hometown Hero” project. One-hundred and forty cities in 11 states across the country participate.

The project was sponsored by City of Santa Fe Councilors JoAnne Vigil Coppler (District 4) and Christopher Rivera (District 3) and is being supported by PNM.

“The enormous response to the 20 Veterans Banners hung on light poles on Cerrillos Road has been overwhelmingly positive,” Said Councilor Vigil Coppler. “Veterans, their families and the public have expressed heartfelt appreciation for the acknowledgment and support of the sacrifices Veterans have made—even losing their lives.  As soon as the banners were hung, the phone calls began pouring in from families who also wanted their Veteran members to be memorialized.  I am extremely appreciative that the governing body approved an additional 30 banners and will propose that the City approve this measure to continue on an annual basis and that it fill the poles to capacity along this stretch of Cerrillos Road.”

Special thanks go out to Don Christy, a Veteran himself, who was instrumental in working with Santa Fe’s Veteran organizations to develop the protocol for bringing this display to fruition. The cost to each family participating in the “Hometown Heroes” project is $155, and includes a large (24” X 36”) single-sided banner for street display, a small banner for the family to keep as a memento, and the installation bracket.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is allowing the use of city light poles along Cerrillos Road and the technicians from the city’s Public Works Department and PNM will hang the next 30 banners in the coming week.

“PNM is grateful to be part of the City of Santa Fe’s effort to honor and show our collective appreciation to our local veterans on behalf of our company and customers,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, President and CEO, PNM Resources. “PNM and our employees look forward to raising these banners throughout the City, and PNM will raise our hand to assist however we can to make this an annual show of appreciation for our veterans and their families. On behalf of PNM and all of our employees, thank you to our veterans, and thank you to the City of Santa Fe for your vision and support of our veterans.”

Veteran Website Link: http://www.troopbanners.com/SantaFe/

Total 50 Veterans Being Honored:

 

American Military Working Dogs 
WWII Korea Vietnam Persian Gulf Afghanistan
United States Army

Sergeant David Jose Garcia
Vietnam
United States Army

Corporal Frank G. Martin
World War II
United States Army

Private First Class Eddie Apodaca
WWII
United States Army

Corporal Daryl C. Hendricks
Korea 1949-1952
United States Army

Private Milton R. Martinez
Vietnam Era
United States Army

Private First Class Antonio Archuleta
World War II 1942-1945
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Juan L. Jacquez
Vietnam 1967-1978
United States Army

Sergeant Julian Nieto
KOREA
United States Army

Captain James S. Becker
WWII, Korea, 1942-1959
United States Army Air Corps

Staff Sergeant Kenny P. Keelin
Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan 1976-2007
United States Army

Chief Warrant Officer Louis R. Rocco
Vietnam, Gulf War
United States Army

Sergeant First Class Placido M. Borrego
WWII, Korea, Vietnam
United States Army

Corporal Jose E. Lopez
WWII 1942-1945
United States Army

Sergeant First Class Gilbert A. Romero
Gulf War
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Harry L. Christy
3rd Army, 176th FA BN - WWII - Battle of the Bulge - 1942-1945
United States Army

Private Conrado Lucero
World War I 1917-1919
United States Army

Specialist 4c David Frank Roybal
Vietnam
United States Army

Sergeant George M. Craig
Bataan Death March Survivor World War II 1942-1946
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Michael A. Luna
Iraq
United States Army

Chief Master Sergeant Billie S. Russell
Vietnam Era
United States Army

Corporal Robert H. Dieringer
Korean War 1950-1956
United States Army

Staff Sergeant William F. Mares
Vietnam, Persian Gulf War, Cold War 1971-1992
United States Army

Private First Class Isidro F. Saiz
World War II - China India Burma Campaigns 1942-1945
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Dennis R. Ferk
World War II 1941-1945
United States Army

Master Sergeant Leroy A. Petry
Congressional Medal of Honor Iraq, Afghanistan 1999-2014
United States Army

Private First Class Manuel T. Segura
Vietnam
United States Army

Private First Class Michael R. Perez
World War II 1943-1946
United States Army

Corporal Abel M. Quintana
KOREA
United States Army

Sergeant First Class Donald G. Staszewski
KOREA
United States Army

Private First Class Miguel R. Tapia
WWII
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Robert Steven Trujillo
Vietnam
United States Army

Staff Sergeant Juan Arturo Gurule
KOREA
United States Marine Corps

Master Gunnery Sergeant William J. Ludwig
World War II - Korea - Vietnam 1943-1975
United States Marine Corps

Corporal Francis Xavier Nava
K I A - 8 Sep 1966 - Quảng Trị, Vietnam
United States Marine Corps

Sergeant William D. Norris
KOREA
United States Marine Corps

Sergeant Alfred Gene Perez
United States Marine Corp

Private Bennie M. Rivera
Vietnam
United States Marine Corps

Corporal Carlos Jose Roybal
Vietnam
United States Marine Corps

Sergeant Michael W. Sparks
Operation Iraqi Freedom
United States Marine Corps

Lance Corporal Robert E. Thornton
Vietnam 1967-1969
United States Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Gilbert A. Ulibarri
Vietnam
United States Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Richard Charles  Christy
Phantom Jet Mechanic - Desert Storm 1985-1992
United States Air Force

Senior Airman Steve Coca 1995-1999
United States Air Force

Staff Sergeant William D. Norris
United States Air Force

Senior Master Sergeant Leo A. Petry
Korea 1948-1952
United States Air Force

 

 

For additional details:

Jeremy J. Perea

Council Liaison

City of Santa Fe

[bot protected email address]

Office: (505) 955-6033

Mobile: (505) 699-6386

 

Lilia Chacon

Director of Communications

[bot protected email address]

Office: (505)-955-6045

Mobile: (505) 670-0719

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