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
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. Continue Reading »
Board Member Ole represented MAMF at an organizational meeting on March 30 to plan the 2018 Run for the Fallen (RFTF) across New Mexico. George Lutz, a Gold Star father who created RFTF, told the dozen or so attendees that RFTF is to create a “comprehensive tribute trail across the country” to honor all service members who have been killed or who died in “the War on Terror” since October 12, 2000. That date he said, was the attack on the USS Cole, considered the very first assault on America in that war.
Next year’s Run will “start at Fort Erwin in California on April 7 and end at Arlington Cemetery on August 5.” He said it will pass through 19 states and cover 6,000 miles. “We’ll be in New Mexico about ten days, from May 11th to 20th,” he said. “The final version of the New Mexico stretch will go from Four Corners to Albuquerque then south and northeast enroute to Amarillo. Continue Reading »