May 28th Morning Rush: Veterans across New Mexico remembered on Memorial Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – 1. This Memorial Day we remember and honor the brave men and women who served our country and are no longer with us. The preparation for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery began Friday morning. Hundreds of volunteers placed nearly 60,000 flags, one for each grave site. Those volunteers are school kids, businesses, family members and citizens who just want to thank those service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial Day ceremony in Santa Fe begins at 10 a.m.

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2. This week family members say funeral services will be held for the mom and daughter
that were found murdered in their Albuquerque apartment. Sunday, family and friends gathered to honor Deborah Montano and 17-year-old Irisa. The mom and daughter were found stabbed to death in their Albuquerque Westside apartment Thursday morning. Irisa had just graduated high school and was excited to start nursing school. The family says the suspected killer, was a family member the mom had been trying to get help for. Family members say funeral services will be held in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

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3. Memorial Day will feature lots of sunshine across New Mexico! But with the sunny and dry conditions comes the heat. Albuquerque will top out in the upper 80s this afternoon, but the southeast will hit the triple digits. A cold front will edge into the northeast Tuesday, allowing for a few spot showers and storms.

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4. Multiple fires are still burning in New Mexico, as crews try to make progress. At last check, the Buzzard Fire in a rugged area of the Gila National Forest has reached 15,000 acres. It’s now 10 percent contained. The Arena Canyon Fire, burning in San Juan County has reached 128 acres and is up to 40-percent containment. The Alamo Fire near Bandelier National Monument is 80 percent contained. The Kellar Fire in the Guadalupe Mountains has charred 25 acres so far.

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5. Two veterans are likely onto the next stop of their cross-country journey to raise awareness and money for veterans suffering from PTSD and suicide. Dustin Schnatz and Will Owens are traveling 3,000 miles from Imperial Beach, California to Virginia Beach. Over the weekend they made a stop in Albuquerque.

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