Memorial Day in New Mexico to be Commemorated With Limited Observances at Three DVS-Managed Facilities

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services

Michelle Lujan Grisham


 Judy M. Griego

Cabinet Secretary


Ray Seva

Public Information Officer
New Mexico Department of Veterans Services

(505) 362-6089-mobile

Memorial Day to be Commemorated With Limited Observances at Three DVS-Managed Facilities

SANTA FE – Due to safety concerns over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day will be commemorated by the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) with limited observances at its Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, the Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery, and the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery.

The Fort Stanton and Gallup State Veterans cemeteries have cancelled ceremonies but will be open for normal gravesite visitation during regular 8 a.m.-5 p.m. business hours. Cemetery staff will place miniature American flags at each gravesite on Friday, May 22. On May 25, full-size flags will be flown at half-staff throughout the day. The administrative offices will be closed.

Cemetery staff wearing personal protective equipment will implement COVID-19 safe practices. Staff will regulate traffic flow to one-way-in, one-way-out, and the cemeteries will be limited to 25-percent capacity at all times. Visitors will also be required to observe COVID-19 safe practices such as maintaining 6-foot social distancing, wearing of masks, and limiting group size to no more than five people.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony has also been cancelled at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire. The Memorial Chapel will be open for visitation, but the gift shop and museum will remain closed. The Memorial will be limited to 25-percent capacity. Staff will also implement COVID-19 safe practices–requiring visitors to maintain 6-foot social distancing, wear masks, and limit group size to no more than five people. A morning bugle performance of Taps will be rendered in the outdoor amphitheater, to be followed by ten minutes of silence by Memorial staff. The American flag will fly at half-staff throughout the day, and flags will be placed along the entrance road.

Communities and veterans’ service organizations throughout New Mexico are also commemorating Memorial Day with similar limited observances. Please contact those city or organization representatives for details.


An Armed Forces Day Message From the Governor of New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services

 Michelle Lujan Grisham


 Judy M. Griego

Cabinet Secretary

image003Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to pause today to honor the men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

For 70 years, the third Saturday in May has been designated as Armed Forces Day in America to celebrate and thank Americans currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

While safety concerns preclude any public mass gatherings to celebrate Armed Forces Day, I want to make sure the day does not pass without recognition, so I have issued a Governor’s Proclamation declaring Saturday, May 16, Armed Forces Day in New Mexico.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor

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Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in Tijeras Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence

For Immediate Release


Circe Olson Woessner

546 B State Highway 333

Tijeras, NM 87059


Bethany Hawkins




Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in Tijeras Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence


NASHVILLE, TN—May 2020—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Museum of the American Military Family is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for  Addiction/ Recovery: Military Families Cope—an Experiential Exhibit and Ongoing Workshops. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.


This is the third AASLH award in as many years for the museum, following up on its 2018 Albert B. Corey Prize, and its 2019 Award of Excellence. All  awards are given for programs and projects of merit.

The 2020 award recognizes the museum’s ongoing programming focusing on  addiction and recovery.  The exhibit, a collaboration between the VA hospital and New Mexico state resources provides answers to questions such as “Why Does Addiction Happen,” “What Treatments Work,” “How Can I Help”, and “How I Should Respond to an Overdose.”

In 2019, thanks to a NM ARTS grant, military brat and artist Kelly Barnes came to New Mexico from the East Coast to conduct face-to-face workshops at the museum, and participants created a series of decorated ACU pants to accompany the exhibit, and recently, Tacoma, Washington, Poet Laureate and military spouse Abby E. Murray created a series of poetry workshops for the museum’s podcast site.

This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty-seven national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to

The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity communities and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training in-person workshops, and online training.


Armed Forces Day/Week

Pacific Paratrooper


Armed Forces Week is celebrated in the week leading up to Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday in May). For American service members, Armed Forces Week is an occasion to remember past and present service for all branches of the service.  The week also includes “Children of Fallen Patriots Day” 13 May.

Armed Forces Day was observed for the first time on May 20, 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches. Armed Forces Day/Week was created in the wake of the consolidation of military services under the United States Department of Defense.

Today, there are many Armed Forces Week events around the globe, but sources report the “longest continuously running Armed Forces Day Parade” for Americans is held in Bremerton, Washington. In…

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What do you remember best about your Dad? What makes him so wonderful? In your essay, written in first person, please describe to us your most memorable dad moments. Entries can be funny, serious or heartwarming—it’s up to you!


  • Essays must be no more than 800 words.
  • Please include your name and phone number along with your essay submission.

*Your definition of a Military Dad can be– a father who served in the military; a father married to a service member, or is a father to a service member or someone who you view as a military dad.

The first 5 entries will receive a sew-on patch donated by Military Brat Seal, and the first-place winner will receive a “goody box” of Brat-related items.

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