New Mexico Military Institute celebrates 125 years

New Mexico Military Institute NMMI

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – This year’s homecoming celebration at the New Mexico Military Institute is about more than just a football game. The school is marking its 125th anniversary.

To celebrate, the Roswell Daily Record reports that cadets will be representing each decade of the institute’s history by wearing uniforms from those decades.

In 1898, 13 cadets made history by being the first women to enroll, including Edith Matthews. She’ll be represented this weekend by her great-great-granddaughter, cadet Maddux Porter.

A memorial service was held Thursday for fallen cadets. Friday’s events include a Hall of Fame reception and an alumni baseball game. Saturday will feature drill team exhibitions and a parade before the start of the homecoming game.

Known as “The West Point of the West,” NMMI serves about 1,000 students.

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