The Franklin Miles park off of Carlos Rey and Siringo Road is named for Gen. Franklin E. Miles. He was the son of New Mexico governor John Miles. Governor Miles Road off of Richard’s Avenue is named in his honor. Franklin Miles, who died in 2017, was an active member of the Military Order of World Wars. Throughout his life he worked relentlessly to instill the ideals of patriotism, good citizenship and service in our youth. Miles served as the National Commander in Chief of MOWW from 1997 to 1998.
Building a Better Life Through Patriotism
The Military Order of World Wars began when Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing formed the organization to promote the welfare of our nation in 1919. It holds annual four-day seminars around the country for high school sophomores and juniors. MOWW is run on a volunteer basis by commissioned and warrant officers of all branches of the military. There is an annual conference to encourage youth leadership. Working directly with schools, students are introduced to leaders in government, industry and academia. The purpose of these events is to engage young people and to give them a better understanding of patriotism. The legacy of Franklin E. Miles lives on at the park named in his honor where children participate in outdoor sports.