On Saturday, organizers across New Mexico celebrated the American flag ahead of Flag Day on Monday. Events happened all around the state, in Bernalillo, Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, Sierra, Torrance, Valencia, and a few other counties.
One of the largest events in the state was the Flag Day celebration in Otero County, which featured speakers including Otero County Sheriff David Black, Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton, activist Sarah Smith, state Sen. Bill Burt, New Mexico State University law professor David Clements, the New Mexico Right to Life Committee’s Ethel Maharg, among others. Despite the over 100-degree heat in many areas of the state, New Mexicans came from far and wide to honor the American flag.
At the events, speakers talked about the need for civic engagement to protect what the American flag represents and stories of the importance of the heroes who fought to protect it.
Check out some photos from across the state and how each county celebrated:
See more photos from the statewide Flag Day celebration at the NM Flag Day Rally Facebook page.