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Colo., N.M., Texas National Guards to commemorate Civil War battle 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Civil War monument 

This bronze figure of a Union Soldier facing South with gun in hand was built to honor Colorado’s Civil War heroes and to promote civic pride. The stone base of this monument is adorned with four tablets that list the battles and the names of the Soldiers who died. Also chiseled into the base of this grand memorial is the proud statement that Colorado had the highest average number of volunteers in the Civil War of any state or territory in the Union. The plaque on the north face of the monument simply reads, “For the Unknown Dead.” The statue was unveiled on July 24, 1909, at the Colorado State Capitol. (Photo © 2010 Deborah Grigsby Illustrative Photography/Used with permission)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 23, 2012

CONTACT:
Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jamison Herrera
505-474-1206

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/23/12) – The Colorado and New Mexico National Guards will perform a memorial ceremony to honor the fallen Soldiers of the Civil War battle of Glorieta Pass March 28.

A ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 26-28 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, during which a Union force comprising Colorado and New Mexico Guardsmen, along with a smaller number of federal Soldiers, defeated Confederate forces in what some historians have called the “Gettysburg of the West.”

Pre-ceremony music will be performed starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Colorado Army National Guard’s 101st Army Band will perform and invocations will be given by the state Chaplain of the Colorado National Guard and the archdiocese of Santa Fe. Historians and authors will be on hand to give accounts of the battle.

Adjutants general from Texas, New Mexico and Colorado will attend.

A funeral procession will follow the remarks, while a wreath laying and an F-16 flyover will help commemorate the fallen Americans who perished in 1862 battle.

In the afternoon, the Colorado National Guard will hold a commemoration ceremony at the Kozlowski’s Ranch location of the Pecos National Historical Park.

This event will also feature the Colorado Army National Guard’s 101st Army band, and remarks will be given by the state adjutants general. The afternoon event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.

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3/22/2012