For the second year, the Observer is striving to honor Sandoval County veterans and show the faces and names of those who have served us all this Veterans Day.

We’re starting work on a special section to be published Nov. 7, the Sunday before Veterans Day.

We invite all Sandoval County veterans to submit their photos and basic information to us so we can include them. Families and friends of Sandoval County veterans are welcome to submit those items on behalf of their loved one.

If you submitted your photo and information, or photos and information for loved ones, last year, they’ll be automatically included again this year. You don’t have to re-submit anything.

There is no charge to veterans, their families or friends.

We’ll need the veteran’s name, rank when leaving the military, branch or branches in which they served, the year they entered the military and the year they were discharged. We’d also like to run veterans’ portraits, taken during or after their service.

If you don’t have a photo or don’t want one included, we can still print your information.

Any veteran of any era or conflict, whether living or deceased, is eligible. The person just needs to have lived in Sandoval County at any point in life, for any length of time.

Current service members are also eligible, as long as they’ve lived in the county.

We’re hoping to recognize as many Sandoval County veterans as we can and to provide a visual record of our neighbors who have protected this nation.

To have a veteran included, please email a high-resolution digital photo or scan of a hard-copy photo and the information to editor Argen Marie Duncan at [email protected], or bring a photo to our office to be scanned while you fill out an information form. We can also photograph you, if you need it.

The Observer office is at 409 NM 528, Suite 101, which is on the southwest corner of NM 528 and Quantum Road, just north of the AMREP building, across the parking lot. Call 892-8080 if you need more detailed directions.

Paper, ink, employee time, electricity and all the other things it takes to produce this very special section carry costs, so we’re hoping local businesses and other organizations will help us sponsor pages. This is your group’s chance to publicly remember and thank our veterans and service members for their sacrifices.

For more information about being a sponsor, contact Susan Saunier at [email protected] or 221-9881.

We know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of veterans and current service members in Rio Rancho and Sandoval County. We’d love to honor all of you. Let us hear from you!

And always: Thank you for your service.