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Socorro Veteran registry

The City of Socorro wants to Honor Our Veterans in the Community and build a historical record of all our Veterans who have at one point in their life called the City of Socorro home.  That includes those of you who graduated from Socorro High School.

Does that sound like you, your friend, or maybe a family member who served in our nation’s military? Or just that amazing next-door neighbor who loves to talk your ear off about his time in the military every single morning before you head out.

To the left is the online form to submit the Veteran’s information. We will collect and save the entities in our already growing database.

What will this info be used for?

All the records are being collected for our New Veterans Memorial Project; more information is on this web page below. We also love to recognize our Veterans on our social media accounts. Keep our memories and service alive for generations to come.

A veteran is someone who has served in the active military, naval, air, or space service and was released or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. This includes people who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, or in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.

Please submit any documents that you feel help support the validity of the Veteran's military service. This includes self-written documents of all service-related information such as; Units attached to, Awards/Citations, Deployments/ Conflicts, and dates that can be verified. If you are a family member submitting these documents please note that a DD 214 is a military Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty form. This document contains a service member's history. A DD 256 certificate of honorable service will also be accepted. 

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 4 files.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 4 files.

Disclaimer: All documents and photos uploaded to support the veteran's Military history will be kept on record and will not be used other than for verification purposes and biographical articles that may be created when honoring said veteran on any platform the city may use. This information may also be used at the Veterans Memorial for recognition purposes. No personal information will be shared or distributed to outside sources.

Purple Heart City

On March 7th, 2024, Mayor Ivy Avalos issued a proclamation declaring The City of Socorro as a Purple Heart City in recognition of gratitude to the sons and daughters of our community who were either wounded or killed in combat with hostile forces defending our nation’s freedoms. The City of Socorro is honored to continue its support of all our military personnel, veterans, their families, and especially those who are recipients of the Purple Heart. There are over 200 Purple Heart Cities in Texas and over 900 Purple Heart locations in the United States, honoring the 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients since the award was established in 1782.

What is the Purple Heart Medal?

America’s Oldest Active Military Medal for all branches of the United States Military. The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. A Purple Heart is a solemn distinction and means a service member has greatly sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in the line of duty.

Veterans Memorial Park Project

The City of Socorro City Council approved the building of a Veteran’s Memorial at Cougar Park on March 7th, 2024. This led to a community meeting on April 6th,2024, where the Socorro community was presented with three conceptual ideas for the memorial. The Socorro veterans and community in attendance discussed the ideas presented and gave amazing feedback to city staff. Those Ideas were carried over in the designs and on April 20th, 2024, the Veterans and Community were once again invited to participate in a final vote on the conceptual Ideas for the future Veterans Memorial at Cougar Park. Below are photos and a virtual tour of the winning concept.

The City of Socorro is proud to be moving forward with this amazing project to honor the Veterans in our community for their selfless service, sacrifices, and dedication to protecting our Nation, the Constitution, and the Freedoms we hold so dear. We strive to build a memorial that not only encompasses, preserves, and educates, but becomes a new beacon for new guests to our city adding to the rich history and culture that makes the City of Socorro a staple in the Southwest.

We will provide updates and photos as the project progresses.

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