The multicultural festival commemorates the March 9th, 1916, attack by troops of Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa on the village of Columbus and adjacent U-S military camp, followed by the United States' response with the punitive expedition into Mexico by General John "Black Jack" Pershing and his soldiers.
The Columbus Historical Society will honor the victims of that fateful day in its 37th annual Columbus Memorial Day at the Depot Museum in Columbus beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Guest speaker will be Doug Burnett who will talk about the 1st Aero Squadron, regarded as the nation’s birthplace of air power in the U.S. military.Curtiss JN-3 airplanes were first used by the U.S. military in the Punitive Expedition of 1916 for surveillance and as couriers.
Citizens of the Village of Columbus will welcome the 14th annual Cabalgata Binacional horseback riders into the village plaza at 11 a.m. Riders from Mexico, some of who have travelled over 150 miles, will cross in the United States at Palomas, Mexico, and join with riders from the U.S. in a
celebration of peace and goodwill between the two nations in Columbus.
Vendors, music and exhibitors will line the village plaza for the event.
Pancho Villa State Park will host its 10th annual Camp Furlong Day at the park’s exhibit hall, with special presentations at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.