On Memorial Day I went to  Angel Fire to see a brick

Since my husband is a Vietnam Veteran, I had ordered a brick engraved with his name to be laid on the walkway there. We wanted to see it, and decided to go on Memorial Day, to also join the special remembrance service they have on that day. 

Three Servicemen, Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica

The United States celebrates Memorial Day  on the last Monday of  May, a day set aside to remember people who died while serving  in the armed forces, although many families  use it to remember other deceased loved ones also.  Memorial Day 2014 was special and unique for me and my husband.

We had planned a trip to New Mexico, not realizing we would be there on Memorial Day. I was going to attend a medical conference and we also wanted to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire.

Since my husband is a Vietnam Veteran, I had ordered a brick engraved with his name to be laid on the walkway there. We wanted to see it, and decided to go on Memorial Day, to also join the special remembrance service they have on that day.

Here, in pictures,  is what we experienced that day . It was a chilly overcast day, but the rain held off until the ceremony ended.

on the memorial grounds, the chapel in the background
on the memorial grounds, the chapel in the background
In the background, I am kneeling to view Raymond's brick
In the background, I am kneeling to view Raymond’s brick
inside the chapel, which is never locked; it is open for anyone to enter at any time
inside the chapel, which is never locked; it is open for anyone to enter at any time
presenting a flag and plaque to the family of a fallen soldier
presenting a flag and plaque to the family of a fallen soldier
music by a local military reserve unit
music by a local military reserve unit
Raymond with the late Dr. Westphal, who founded the memorial in honor of his son who died in Vietnam (an old photo)
Raymond with the late Dr. Westphall, who founded the memorial in honor of his son David who died in Vietnam

Sharing the HEART of remembrance

Thanks for sharing the Angel Fire Memorial with us. Please follow Watercress Words where I always share the HEART of health.

Dr Aletha 

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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