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New Mexico Veterans' Memorial: Remembering Fallen Friends

By Elisha Neubauer

If you find yourself in the New Mexico area, take some time out to walk the Memorial Grounds at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial. The Memorial was built by the City of Albuquerque to honor the veterans of the past and present, as well as to inspire future generations of service men and women. The Memorial is a large, open space with beautiful landscapes, sculptures, a museum, and congregation spaces. The Memorial grounds are a place to pay tribute to those who gave their all to protect the United States, while taking in the inspiring scenery that is New Mexico.

The Memorial Park spans over twenty-five acres. There are several remembrance places within the park, including the Memorial Rose Garden, the Memorial Wall, and the Boulevard of Flags. Several aptly named memorials can be found around the park, such as the Fallen Friend, the Homecoming, Conversations, and the Word from Home. Each one is intended to capture the experience and feel of its namesake, capturing memories that each and every veteran shares throughout their service. The design of these areas evokes the feeling of those experiences- giving citizens a glimpse into the life of a soldier, and speaking to those who served on a deep, personal level.

Within the Memorial Museum, you will find display cases filled with articles, memorabilia, artifacts, and photographs detailing the stories of veterans. All of the items on display have all been donated to the Museum by veterans or their loved ones over the years. Also on the grounds is an amphitheater that conducts year-round events. This astounding piece of architecture seats a combined 800 people between the seated areas and the surrounding grass. A conference center features a private courtyard and is available for rentals.

When asked about the inspiration behind the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Rebecca Kennedy, Director of Marketing, says, "We honor them by providing 25 acres of quiet, peaceful venues and amazing monuments where visitors can walk and take in the beauty and solitude of the moment and be at peace to contemplate their innermost thoughts and feelings and remember fallen friends." The Memorial is a commitment to ensuring that the citizens of New Mexico never forget those who served. Kennedy says, "This commitment will be evident to the many visitors to the memorial and to the local community and surrounding communities. Most importantly our commitment to excellence is our primary guide in our service to all veterans and their families."

The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial is a stunning sight to see; regardless of whether you or a loved one has served. With educational lectures, monthly swing dances, and presentations by veterans themselves there is always something to take in on the grounds. Admission to the Memorial is free, making it easy for everyone to pay their respects to those who protect our nation at this serene location.

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