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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A massive group of motorcycle riders will be passing through New Mexico on May 18 and 19, and one of their stops will be the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, N.M.
The “Run For The Wall” will have thousands of motorcyclists crossing the country and visiting various communities and VA facilities as they make their way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend.
“Run For The Wall transcends the politics of man and agendas of individuals,” said Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director of the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF). “The Run brings together people from all walks of life, from all branches of service, and of all ages for a couple of weeks a year to work together for a cause that makes America proud.”
Woessner is the New Mexico coordinator for the Run For The Wall Midway Route. The Midway Route will have 300 riders as it passes through New Mexico. Duke City Harley Davidson will serve as a fuel sponsor for one leg of the New Mexico run, and will host a dinner for the riders at their dealership on May 18. Rich Ford will provide a hearty New Mexico breakfast for the group on May 19. Many New Mexico service organizations from across the state, including the Veterans Canteen Service, will contribute food or fuel. Other stops in New Mexico for Midway will include Grants/Milan, Moriarity, and Santa Rosa.
Run For The Wall’s mission is to promote healing among all veterans, their families and friends; to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA); to honor the memory of those killed in action (KIA) from all wars, and to support U.S. military personnel around the world. Platoons and Ambassadors from the group will visit the Museum of the American Military Family on May 19. The museum is located at 546 New Mexico Highway 333 (aka Route 66) in Tijeras.
For more information, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner at (505) 504-6830
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MILITARY FAMILY MEMORIAL TO BE UNVEILED IN SANTA FE ON MAY 13
Museum of the American Military Family Partners with the New Mexico National Guard
“Because our military families are so diverse, when we started to design our memorial, we decided to use a house because no matter which generation or which branch of service, we all keep the home fires burning – home is where our hearts are,” Museum of the Military Family (MAMF) Executive Director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner says. “We are proud to have created such a unique memorial to the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, spouses, and others who have loved and supported a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.”
The Military Family Memorial is possible because of a grant from the Kerr Foundation and the generosity of companies like Lowe’s, RAKS, and of the National Guard, veterans’ organizations, and many individuals, especially “members of our all-volunteer board of directors, and extended Facebook family.”
The memorial is a small house, designed by Woessner and configured for a static display of family memorabilia by Museum special projects manager Paul Silva, a Sandia National Laboratories retiree. Through each of five windows, visitors can look upon displays depicting the life of a military member, of children, of spouses.
The Memorial is located on the grounds of the New Mexico National Guard Museum (formerly the Bataan Memorial Museum) in Santa Fe. It will be dedicated on May 13 at 1:00 p.m. during a weekend Guard commemoration of the end of World War II in Europe.
Army veteran and graphic designer Dominic Ruiz created the panels. He said the monument would teach people about military life and allow individuals familiar with it to reminisce. “For me, it brought back a lot of memories,” Ruiz says.
Woessner says, “I don’t know if there are any other memorials dedicated to the military family and I am grateful that the National Guard leadership recognizes the family as an essential component of military service and supports having our memorial right at the entrance to their own museum.”
For more information about the Museum of the American Military Family, visit www.militaryfamilymuseum.org or write to Museum of the American Military Family, P.O. Box 5085, Albuquerque, NM 87185. Tel: (505) 504-6830.
VIETNAM: A TALE OF TWO WARS
Linda VanZandt, award-winning oral historian recently relocated to Albuquerque, is excited to partner with the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center, to bring her multimedia Vietnam War exhibit to the museum (546B State Hwy 333, Tijeras, NM 87059) on April 30 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. The exhibit features sound portraits of Vietnamese Americans living on the Northern Gulf Coast of Mississippi and New Orleans – former allies of U.S. veterans and children of war, “boat people” who risked everything fleeing their homeland after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, a date they commemorate as Black April.
While accompanying several American veterans on a trip back to South Vietnam in 2003, VanZandt witnessed first-hand the healing power of veterans and former allies meeting to share stories, some on the same battlefields where they fought.
After returning to her work at the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, VanZandt recorded more than forty Vietnamese-Americans’ stories of life in Vietnam, war, escape, and resettlement in America. VanZandt now shares a selection of these very personal and moving photos and excerpted audio stories publicly in an effort to give voice to the Vietnamese perspective of a history rarely heard. Read the rest of this entry »