This afternoon will be the 9-11 Patriot Day Memorial at Gough Park here in Silver City.  Join residents from around Grant County to show your support for our modern heroes, as well as remember roughly 3,000 lives lost on September 11th, 2001, and all of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending America from terrorism.  Head out to Gough Park from 3 to 7 pm today to remember and honor the memories of those who died when the World Trade Center was attacked 12 years ago.

On Friday, show your support for America by joining Mike Lopez and other volunteers in the James H. Pirtle Foundation Walk for the Heroes.  The walk is scheduled to leave from the Gateway Inn in Hurley Friday night, and arrive at Diaz Farms in Deming around 2 pm on Saturday.  The walk is about 36 miles long.  Participants have signed up to walk ten miles, walk from the halfway point at the rest stop, walk the entire way, and even roller blading or running.   This year, the Silver City Marine Corps League, Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328, will be joining the walk for the first time.

The walk is held in honor of James H. Pirtle, who gave his life in service to our country on October 4th, 2003. According to the press release, “walkers reflect on different memories and connections to 9/11 or walk with the goal of peace for all nations affected on that tragic day.”

Corre Caminos will help bring walkers back to Hurley on Saturday.  Donations will be used for gas, water, and other necessities for volunteers.  Additional proceeds benefit the continued success of the walk and their goal to achieve a 501-C status, the James H. Pirtle Scholarship Fund, the Southwest NM Transition Center for Homeless Veterans, and the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

For more information, see our previous post on August 22nd, find the Walk on Facebook, or contact walk coordinator Liz Lopez at 654-8226 or