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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Ignacio “Nick” Rodriguez, a 98-year-old father, veteran, friend and neighbor, was honored Sept. 11 as a grand marshal in the 2015 Artesia High School Homecoming parade. The theme of the parade was “Never Forget!” Rodriguez served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He, along with his wife, Eva, headed the inaugural Love Feast at Trinity Temple Assembly of God. A member of the American Legion, Rodriguez and his wife were also makers of the poppies distributed by the legion on Memorial Day and also made poppy flower crosses for the legion. Rodriguez worked for 35 years at Town House Cafeteria – now the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center – and donated religiously to the USO, Lebrave Indian School, The Wounded Soldiers and Humanity for Life, along with Team Challenge of Trinity Temple. “We applaud our veteran for such a great service and dedication to our country,” stated his family. “It was so wonderful to have Nick as Artesia’s grand marshal for our Homecoming parade this year. Thank you to all who made this possible for our dad, who is so patriotic and deserving of all this recognition.”