An effort is now underway in the Carlsbad community for the development of a veteran’s cemetery that meets federal and state standards. The movement is led by veteran Adan Rodriguez, the New Mexico National Guard and certain county and city leaders.
Seven acres in the northwest section of Sunset Gardens Memorial Park have already been set aside for the cemetery by the city of Carlsbad. In addition, Mayor Pro Tem Dick Doss, Rodriguez and members chosen from veterans organizations in the city have formed a committee, while the National Guard in Carlsbad’s construction crew has began leveling the allotted space.
The cemetery is planned be a final resting place for veterans in north and south Eddy County and will have headstones similar to those at Arlington National Cemetery. It will also serve as a cemetery for veterans that don’t have a lot of money to pay for a plot.
The movement began when Rodriguez went to the New Mexico Veterans Administration nine months ago to garner support from the state. He has still received no response. However, city officials have done a lot to support the cemetery, offering the land and approving development, without using taxpayer money but instead the donations of local individuals and businesses.
According to Roxanne Lara, an Eddy County Commission Chairwoman and Rodriguez’s daughter, the cemetery’s planned entrance will be on Fiesta Drive, and there will be enough room in the designated land to build a parking lot. The whole movement has taken the work of a lot of people in the community and is quickly becoming a reality.