October 24, 2014

Memorial Brick Laying & Run For The Wall Reunion

wall-reunionWhen: August 30, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

This weekend celebrates Veterans of all eras at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. Memorial bricks are laid for those who have protected our country throughout the years. A touching ceremony is held as each brick is laid along the walkways.

This is also a weekend of reunion for riders of Run for the Wall motorcycle ride that passes through the Moreno Valley in May, headed for Washington, DC for Memorial Day.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park
Hwy 64
Angel Fire, NM

1 Nite 2 Unite

1-nite-2-uniteJoin us as 9 churches and groups from the Moreno Valley come together in a concert of music and song! This is a non-denominational event.

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2014

5:30 pm – Free Admission & Food

6:00 pm – Free Christian Concert

Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

A special night for Christians of Moreno Valley to UNITE and sing praise and worship to our Lord! Join us in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater for:

  • Gospel/Traditional Songs
  • Contemporary Music
  • Sing-A-Long
  • Praise & Worship
  • Free Admission & Food

Roz Garland writes, “As evidenced by the attendance last year by more than 500 people, the 1 Nite to Unite Concert is one of the largest events in Angel Fire. This year, we are expecting and planning for more than 750 people to attend! This event is totally funded by donations by churches, groups and individuals. However, costs are escalating and we will probably not break even this year. Donations for next year’s event can be made at the concert itself.”

  • The following area churches and groups are participating in this concert:
  • Wheeler Peak Cowboy Fellowship
  • Angel Fire Baptist Church
  • Eagle Nest Baptist Church & Cowboy Fellowship
  • Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
  • Moreno Valley Community Church
  • St. Mel’s & Holy Angels Catholic Church
  • Faith Mountain Fellowship Church
  • United Church of Angel Fire
  • Moreno Valley Community Choir
  • Hail’s Holy Smoked BBQ is providing free hotdogs/chips/water
  • Del Norte Baptist Church Youth Group in ABQ will be volunteering on site.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park Guided Tours

guided-toursTours begin at the park office inside the visitor center.

When: June 6 to August 24, 2014

  • Fridays: 3:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Sundays: 11:00 am

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park
575-377-2293

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park & Friends Group Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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Kate Germain, Park Manager

Kate Germain, Park Manager of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, wants to welcome everyone to the events planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 24- May 26, 2014. She said it is the biggest event of the year. The entire weekend is full.

The first Memorial Day event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park was held in 1971, on the anniversary of Marine First Lieutenant David Westphall’s death, when the chapel was dedicated. Each year hundreds and hundreds of veterans and their families continued to fill the chapel to overflowing. Weather permitting, the events now take place in the Amphitheater, built in 2007. It has seating for approximately 500 people. And the state has now added a cement walkway to the top seating row, for wheelchairs. Kate says, “It’s like a huge family reunion.” People come and spend the weekend in Angel Fire, Eagle Nest or the tent city that goes up between the two.

On Saturday May 24, beginning at 1:00 pm there will be a POW/MIA update in the conference room followed by the Flag Retirement Ceremony, east of the amphitheater, at 3:00 pm. In years past, the Flag Retirement was held closer to July 4th, but they have moved it up to get ahead of fire restrictions and the possibility of cancellation. If you have flags that need to be retired, you may drop them off at the main Angel Fire Fire Department or bring them to the Memorial. A new fire pit has been erected on sight specifically for this ceremony. The American Legion Riders, Chapter 19- Post 90, from Los Alamos has adopted this year’s ceremony. Kate said they encourage different associations to sponsor and adopt many of the activities held at the Memorial, it helps veterans to feel a sense of ownership and she says it belongs to them.

On Sunday May 25 there will be Native American Storytelling at 11:00 am, Hope & Healing for Homefront Families at 1:00 pm, POW/MIA updates at 2:00 pm, Education Center at the Wall: Explaining the Vietnam War to the next Generations at 3:00 pm followed by the Candlelight Vigil in the amphitheater at 6:00 pm.

On Monday 9:00 am, May 26 you are invited to join Native American Veterans from the Okhay Owingeh for the flag raising and morning prayers. Then a 60’x40′ flag will be marched from the blinking light at NM 434 /US64, along the highway, up to the Memorial. If you have never witnessed this event please plan to this year. It is incredible to watch. Or, if you want, you are invited to participate in the march. At 9:30 am the 44th Army Band will play and the Memorial Day Ceremony starts at 11:00 am. Joseph Lee “Joe” Galloway, an American newspaper correspondent and columnist and author of “We Were Soldiers” will be on hand to sign books at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. He is the former Military Affairs consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers and was a columnist with McClatchy Newspapers.

Kate also wanted me to mention the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sate Park Friends Group. They are a grassroots organization formed in 2012, when the state’s budget forced the reduction of budget and staff. The group consists of private citizens from all over New Mexico and its sole purpose is the support of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, to improve the visitor experience. Every dollar they raise goes into the Memorial. Kate told me for the first time ever, they now have matching comfortable chairs in the Visitor Center movie room donated by the Friends Group! The State employs two full time seasonal staff in the summer and one in the winter. All other helpers are volunteers. She said it takes about 25 volunteers to help with the Memorial Day weekend activities.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States. It is currently the only state park dedicated exclusively to veterans of the Vietnam War. It was begun by Victor and Jeanne Westphall, grief-stricken parents of Marine First Lieutenant David Westphall, who was among sixteen young men in his unit killed in an ambush on May 22, 1968 in Vietnam. The Westphalls used their son’s insurance policies to begin construction of the Peace and Brotherhood Chapel. The chapel resembles a sail and perches on the hillside overlooking the Moreno Valley. It is open twenty-four hours a day. At the time of its construction, the site received national media attention and helped inspire the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., completed in 1982. In 1987, the United States Congress recognized Angel Fire as a memorial of national significance.

It also makes a significant contribution to the economy of Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley. An average of over 45,000 people a year visit the memorial. Three quarters of them come between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The David Westphall Visitor Center, located on site, provides local brochures and recommends lodging, restaurants and activities to encourage visitors to stay whenever possible.Volunteers are always appreciated.

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Coming Soon! Flag Retirement Ceremony

flag-ceremonyVietnam Veterans Memorial Park

We’re collecting flags now for the ceremony in May. If you have any flags that need to be disposed of in a dignified way, please drop them off at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the Angel Fire Fire Department Station #1.

For more information please call 575-377-2293 or email katherine.german@state.nm.us.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

flag-retirement-ceremonyWe’re collecting flags now for the ceremony in May. If you have any flags that need to be disposed of in a dignified way, please drop them off at the Memorial or at Angel Fire Fire Department Station #1.

When: TBD in May, 2014

Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

For more information call 575-377-2293 or email katherine.german@state.nm.us.

100th Birthday Celebration

100-birthdayYou are cordially invited to attend the 100th birthday celebration honoring Victor Westphall, Ph.D., born October 13, 1913 and the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Chuck Howe, President
David Westphall Veterans Foundation

1 Nite 2 Unite

1n2uEveryone Welcome!

Bringing Christians Together – A Concert Of Unity

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

5:30 pm – Free Food

6:00 pm – Free Concert

1 Nite 2 Unite

1-nite-2-uniteBringing Christians Together. A Concert of Unity.

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

5:30 pm – Free hot dogs and chips

6:00 pm – Free concert!

A special night for Christians of Moreno Valley to UNITE and sing praise and worship to our Lord! Join us in the Vietnam Memorial Amphitheater for:

  • Gospel music
  • Contemporary music
  • Traditional songs
  • Praise and worship

Join us for this special time together worshipping in unity and love! A non-denominational event.

Bring your lawn chairs, seat cushions, picnic blankets and family and friends!

For more information please visit www.1nite2unite.com.

Night Sky Warriors

Night Sky WarriorsNight Sky Warriors at Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial State Park

When: Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Where: VVMSP Parking Lot

Come discover night sky warriors with the astronomy ranger. Explore planets, stars and constellations by telescope and laser.

Dress warmly. Please dim car lights. Other telescopes welcome!

For more information please call 505-377-2293.