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For additional information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, (505) 504-6830
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 »
“SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”
This anthology seeks first-hand experiences from LGBT veterans and/or family members, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells your story and might be helpful for others to read—others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT veteran experience. We are seeking submissions from all perspectives and eras.
You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to participate. Just tell your story in your own words. We can do some minor editing to polish your submission.
What Genres to Submit:
Artwork–something which will reproduce in black and white only
You may submit up to 2 pieces for consideration
This book may be sold commercially, but the focus of the book is for academic purposes, i.e. college textbook or LGBT group curriculum. In all cases, any and all proceeds will be split evenly and go to the non-profit Museum of the American Military Family and Military Kid Art Project.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017
Submissions become part of the MAMF Special Collections Library.
Stories and Inquiries can be sent to the editor at: email@example.com
The folks at A Stars and Stripes Flag Corporation have prepared this handy guide…
The American flag has played a huge part in the lives of Americans. Betsy Ross sewed the first flag in May 1776, and Congress adopted the stars and stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777. The red coloring on the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor; white symbolizes purity and innocence; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. If the flag is dirty or soiled, it may be washed or dry-cleaned. If the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter. One thing many people don’t realize is that there are designated days to fly the American flag. The American flag should be displayed properly on all days when weather permits, especially on the following designated flag flying days. Properly flying the American flag is one of many great ways to show support to those who are serving — or have served — our country.