The real American Veteran's Day falls on Sunday this year. The other day, the manager of the motel Lori and I are staying in for the month of November, The Butterfield Stage Motel, came over to our room to invite us over for cake and coffee on Vet's Day.
John is an old Vietnam War vet, like me. He wears his Vietnam War baseball cap every day and every morning he personally unfolds Old Glory and hangs her next to the motel's office door. Then every evening, at dusk, he reverently takes it down, folds it and stores it inside until the next day.
The Butterfield Stage Motel is not new. It doesn't boast the latest in amenities. It doesn't even have a pool. What it does have, is a lot of character and a friendly manager named John who more than makes up for what is missing.
Another tradition John and his wife celebrate besides Vet's Day Cake & Coffee is Thanksgiving Dinner. Yesterday John told me his wife makes Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for whatever travelers happen to be staying in the motel on that day. He also does the same for Christmas.
John says he started the Christmas Dinner tradition several years ago when the only guests at the motel was a poor Mexican family stranded in Deming by a broken down car on the biggest holiday of the year. It made he and his wife feel so good, they added Thanksgiving to the annual dinner schedule.
It's not new but the rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. If you ever find yourself in Deming and are looking for a great place to stay, especially on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or, if you are a vet, Veteran's Day, try the Butterfield Stage Motel and tell John Jeff and Lori said HI! — in Deming, NM
[Note: A lot of PD victims who served in Vietnam were exposed to a nasty defolient called Agent Orange. In 2010, exposure to AO became a presumptive cause of the PD Vietnam War vets suffer. If you were in Vietnam and the military, check with the VA]