Wood Gormley Elementary School students and staff honored Joe Benavidez, 91, with a special memorial celebration and music performance Thursday to pay tribute to his military service during the Korean War. Benavidez, who has worked as a crossing guard at the school for 26 years, joined the U.S. Army in 1945. Following years of serving in occupied Japan, he went into combat as an infantryman during the Korean War.
The Santa Fe native said he was honored with the school performance.
“They went all out for me,” he said, shedding a few tears at one point. “I’m gratified.”
Asked what Veterans Day means to him, he said: “I’ll think about the ones we lost over there.”
Veterans Day is Saturday.
“I’m proud,” said Benavidez. “I served my country.”
Dr. Garcia asks that you please share the following information with your PTO/PTA/PTC at your school regarding the opportunity for parents and families to be involved in the development of our strategic plan:
Please join Dr. Garcia, superintendent of schools, on November 13th as we foster input regarding the Santa Fe Public School’s strategic plan. Your input is valued and important to the success of our district as we strive to develop a culture of student success.
We will be meeting on Monday, November 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom -- in the Social Hall, 205 E Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Please RSVP to Joseph West no later than Friday, November 10th. firstname.lastname@example.org 505-467-2050
Pizza will be provided.
Chief Community Engagement Officer
Santa Fe Public Schools
Cell: (505) 470-6197
Office: (505) 467-2035