Memorial Day celebrated in Carlsbad

Carlsbad celebrated Memorial Day in its traditional manner May 31. 

The Memorial Day parade traveled Canyon Street to the fanfare of residents. It ended in Bataan Memorial Park at Lower Tansil Dam, where a ceremony was organized by the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County Patriotic Society.

Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage and Magistrate Judge D’Ann Read were guest speakers at the ceremony, which included the placement of a wreath and the firing of three volleys. 

The Carlsbad Memorial Day parade was May 31, 2021. It traveled down Canyon Street through Carlsbad to end at the Bataan Memorial Park.

“This what we call a holiday started as decoration day in 1868, after the bloodies war which was the Civil War,” said Read.

“We changed it to Memorial Day and often people think it was specifically for World War I and World War II, but it’s not.”

Read’s address included a list of the number of dead in many of the U.S. biggest conflicts.

Read is a veteran of the U.S. Army.