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Family and friends of Bennie Montoya, right, take a picture of the 99-year-old former prisoner of war in front of his banner installed Tuesday on a Cerrillos Road light post as part of the Hometown Heroes project. Montoya was one of three veterans on hand to see their banners hung. The others present were 97-year-old Placido Borrego, who served in three wars, and 100-year-old Stella Lavadie, who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.

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Former prisoner of war Bennie Montoya talks with family as he stands Tuesday in front of his newly installed Hometown Heroes banner.

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Stella Lavadie salutes Tuesday as a banner is hung to honor her late husband, Sam Lavadie, who served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The city of Santa Fe and the Hometown Heroes project are installing over 200 banners of veterans on light posts along Cerrillos Road.

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Signal technician Adrian Manzanares installs a banner Tuesday to honor Stella Lavadie, who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, as the city of Santa Fe and the Hometown Heroes project begin installing over 200 banners of veterans on light posts along Cerrillos Road. Lavadie (who was honored along side her deceased husband, Sam) was one of three surviving vets who joined friends and family to watch the installation of their banners.

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Stella Lavadie watches Tuesday as a banner is hung on a Cerrillos Road light post to honor her late husband, Sam Lavadie, who served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Stella Lavadie, who served during World War II in the Women's Army Corps, was one of three veterans who joined friends and family to watch the installation of their banners, part of the Hometown Heroes project.

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Former prisoner of war Bennie Montoya, right, is hugged by Carmela Quintana on Tuesday as the city of Santa Fe and the Hometown Heroes project begin installing over 200 banners of veterans on light posts along Cerrillos Road. Montoya was one of three surviving veterans who joined friends and family to watch the installation of their banners.

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Donald Christy on Tuesday sorts through some of the 200 banners to be installed on Cerrillos Road light posts by the city of Santa Fe and the Hometown Heroes project.

(5) comments

Lee Vigil

Love these positive articles!

William Mee

Congratulations from the Agua Fria Village Association. Mr. Montoya was a part of our Agua Fria Oral History project and a World War II project by Voces de Santa Fe/New Mexico and a consultant who sent her interview to the National Archives and the WWII museum in New Orleans.

Kelly Wilson

Beautiful[smile]

Thankful for their service!

Joaquin Zamora

True heroes of New Mexico and the United States without a doubt [thumbup]

Lee DiFiore

Look no further to find America's real heroes.

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