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Bernalillo County to Thank Valley High School Students Who Built Urns for Unclaimed Veterans

6:25 AM
Larry Gallegos, O (505) 468-1273, C (505) 228-6668 - lagallegos@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – The county, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services and Daniels Family Funeral Services will thank Valley High School students who, for the second year, built urns for unclaimed veterans who were interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Sept. 26.

The assembly to thank the students will be held at Valley High School on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Valley High School gymnasium, 1505 Candelaria Rd NW.

The Bernalillo County General Services Division administers the Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program for deceased persons who have passed away within the geographical boundaries of Bernalillo County.

When those persons are veterans who qualify to be interred in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services takes those cremains for interment in Santa Fe as part of the Forgotten Heroes program.   

Valley High School teacher and veteran Gino Perez saw the ceremony two years ago and noticed that the veterans’ cremains were placed in small, black cardboard boxes. He felt the veterans deserved more and contacted the county to see if the students in the woodshop class at Valley High School would be able to create wooden urns for the deceased veterans. This is the second year the students have built urns.

The assembly will includes words of thanks for the students from Robin Gibson from the office of NM Lt. Governor Howie Morales, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Cabinet Secretary Judy Griego, Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley and Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.  

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