The Eddy County Patriotic Society has provided details about the upcoming Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, held on Monday, May 29. The City of Carlsbad is honored to work with the Patriotic Society to help with this annual event.
This year’s Memorial Day parade will line up at Church and Mesa Street, beginning at 8 a.m. on May 29. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. The parade route will go straight down Mesa and Boyd Street to the Carlsbad Cemetery, following the same route that was used for Veteran’s Day. There, a ceremony will take place in front of the Adan Rodriguez Honor Guard building.
Grace Rodriguez will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies, while Voncile King will deliver the invocation. We’re honored that Rhonda Hatch will be singing the National Anthem, while joined by the Loving High School Choir. Hatch will also be singing Amazing Grace.
This year’s guest speaker is D’Ann Read, who is a former Magistrate Judge and member of the District Attorney’s Office. The event will also include a dove release and a 21-gun salute. We want to thank the entire patriotic society, especially Alberto Villegas, for working hard to put this event together.
Unfortunately, the Carlsbad High School band, who is the anchor of many of our parades and patriotic activities throughout the year, won’t be able to attend this year’s Memorial Day parade due to a prior commitment. The band was invited to participate in a special trip to Florida, and these students have been working hard to prepare for this event for many months.
We encourage everyone else to step up this year and participate in the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. Please help us recognize our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The City of Carlsbad is seeking contact information for the family of Robert Wertheim. This will be for a project at the Carlsbad Museum. Family members we are seeking include Wertheim’s nephew, Sam Sparks, and his niece, Emily Sparks Levy. If you have any contact information, please let us know at the mayor’s office, so we can reach out to them.
Wertheim, who was born in Carlsbad, was an American naval officer involved in the development of strategic weapons. He was once described as “the Navy’s leading authority on strategic missiles.”
Wertheim attended NMMI and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired from the Navy as a rear admiral. Sadly, Admiral Wertheim passed away in 2020.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway