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Andrew Salas

Thank you, citizens of Santa Fe and others from the area and those of you from far away - many mentioned by Francisco in his post below - who honored our fallen veteran with such heart-felt passion. Special kudos to Chaplain Villegas for making this tribute possible. I am proud of, and grateful to, each one of you for giving your heart and your time to remember and honor Eloy, and truly all veterans, who made it possible for the rest of us to live as free men and women in this blessed land of opportunity we call the United States of America.

Joseph Hempfling

Having been in attendance to bid a formal farewell to SGT Tafoya, would like to say how proud and blessed each one of us who was there, to be part of a truly caring and compassionate Santa Fe Community who took time out of their busy lives and with such short notice to say goodbye to one of it's own. And to witness his relatives in attendance being handed Eloy's Mission Completed Medal and Memorial Flag, making the occasion that much more solomn if not more heart wrenching. And as the presiding Chaplain said; Until we Meet Again on the Other Side Eloy and thank you for your many years of service to this country. And we will meet again.

Barbara Harrelson

Thank you, Mr Carbajal, for sharing this important information with all of us. Blessings to all who attended and who made arrangements for this neighbor that few of us knew until he chose to leave us. Let us all be more vigilant about attending to our neighbors. And may Mr. Tafoya truly rest in peace.

Francisco Carbajal

I met each one at the funeral services yesterday and got a list of new friends that I thought should be acknowledged: Mr. Raymond Lucero, Rivera's Funeral Home, Horses for Heroes (Rick & Nancy), SFPD Chief Rael, NM Army General Andrew Salas, Santa Fe City/County Fire Dept, Lee Moquino from Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Fe PD/Los Alamos Fire Bag Piper Team, USMC Recon, VFW Funeral Detail, Santa Fe Vietnam Vet's (Jerry's Unit), NM Legion Riders Motorcycle Association/Patriots, NMSP/Santa City PD/Santa Fe County Sheriff's Traffic Units, the Santa Fe National Cemetery Staff, and especially Santa Fe Police Chaplain Jose Villegas, Sr., thank you for making it happen for placing USMC SSGT. Eloy T. Tafoya to his final rest. Good job! [thumbup]

Diane Rivera-Silva

God Bless you Tim Rivera, Owner, Rivera Family Funeral Home, Raymond Lucero, who was born for this service to others and Mr. Tafoya for your service to this great Country. God Bless you.

Carolyn DM

How beautiful. He is at peace, and his service to his country has been recognized and celebrated. That may have been all he really wanted in his life.

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