Portales women recognized for salute


New Mexico history is imbedded into our culture. The pride and honorable heritage of this great state can be attributed only to the hardworking and visionary residents that have inhabited this land for centuries. Every New Mexican feels the unity and friendship while reciting the Salute to the flag of the State of New Mexico: “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.” This salute was created by Portales women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter, No. 1022, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The salute was officially adopted by the 27th legislature in 1963.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, three members of the group that was involved with the writing and promotion will be recognized on both the Senate and House floors in Santa Fe during the 2008 New Mexico Legislative session. Mrs. Jan Compton-Ross, Mrs. Margaret Smith and Mrs. Jane Mauk Hilliard will be honored for their involvement and contribution to our great state of New Mexico.

On February 19, 2008 at 6:00pm, a community reception will be held at the Memorial Building in Portales honoring these women and their contribution to our community. The Honor Guard and Boy Scouts will conduct a special presentation for our guests and attendees. Following the reception at 7:00pm, the regularly scheduled City of Portales Council meeting will be conducted in the meeting room of the Memorial Building with special proclamations and awards presented by the Mayor and Council to these women and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Ellen W. Jones chapter. For more information, please call 575-356-6662. Everyone is encouraged to attend one or both of the events if possible.