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 »