For the past couple of months, we've been advertising for folks to bring in photographs and active service members to be honored in our Nov. 7 publication prior to Veterans Day.

Thus far, we've passed out a lot of flyers, contacted a lot of people, and our turnout has been somewhat dismal.

Now I know for a fact, that our county has several hundred veterans and active service members. So if you’ve submitted a photograph, I thank you.

If you have not – it’s time to get crackin’!

I’m not a procrastinator. I like to get things done … then move on to the next project.

But what I’ve learned in the newspaper business is that most folks tend to wait until the last minute to submit items for the newspaper. That’s OK, because after 40 years I’m pretty much used to the pressure.

I can usually manage to get something in late. However, don’t come to me the day the paper is printed and ask: “Is it too late to get a notice in the newspaper.” I’d be a rich woman if I had a dollar for every time that question is asked.

But let’s go back to the Veterans Section. Someone asked me the other day, “Why are you doing this?”

My answer is simple. I was raised in a family that believes in serving our country. My great-uncle served in World War I in the U.S. Army; my father was part of the Army Air Corps during World War II; my young brother retired from the Coast Guard as a Cmdr.; plus my nephew currently is a Lt. in the U.S. Coast Guard.

November is one of my favorite months of the years. And it’s not just about the turkey. From the beginning to the end, it’s a month for celebrating what makes our country great.

Veterans Day is observed annually on Nov. 11. This federal holiday recognizes the service of all U.S. military veterans.

I am also grateful to the active duty service men and women as well as our veterans. They continue to ensure our freedoms, such as the right to choose our leaders on the local, state and national levels.

As a finale to this month of gratitude, Thanksgiving Day provides a moment to reflect on the people and the things they do to make life better. I give thanks daily to work at a job that allows me to connect with so many people.

In my opinion, veterans, democracy, and the privilege to serve you - our readers - are among the excellent reasons to give thanks in November and throughout the year.

So…like I wrote before … get crackin’ if you haven’t submitted a veteran’s photo! Time is tickin’ away.

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October and November are keeping our staff busy with various projects. Coming soon will be our salute to the local firefighters on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Plus we certainly hope our readers are enjoying the school pages highlighting various events and activities happening in the Socorro Consolidated School District. It’s always great to see the many great things are kids are doing in the local schools.

The last weekend in October will see plenty of activities to attend in Socorro County. The Village of Magdalena will play host to the Route 60 Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26. Registration is at 9 a.m., and there is an entry fee of $20. The community will be raising funds for the Kid's Science Café.

Later that evening at the Plaza in Socorro, the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will host a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m., Oct. 26. The vigil is to acknowledge the adverse health effects suffered by the people of New Mexico from the Trinity test site.

Finally, you can say ‘Boo' to the flu. Socorro General Medical Group will host a free flu shot clinic for adults and children, age 6 months and up from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1. The event will take place in Building D on the Socorro General Hospital medical campus. The event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Medical Group, a department of Socorro General Hospital and the New Mexico Department of Health.