Gourd dance, ceremonies to honor New Mexico veterans

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Veterans Day ceremonies are planned around New Mexico, including an hours-long traditional gourd dance to recognize Native American veterans in Albuquerque.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center says multiple tribes will participate in Friday’s commemoration. A panel discussion is also planned.

At the University of New Mexico, the name of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock will be added to the Memorial Wall. McClintock, who attended the university, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan.

Events are also planned at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial in Albuquerque and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire.

On Thursday afternoon, the unclaimed cremated remains of 22 veterans will be laid to rest at a special Forgotten Heroes Funeral at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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