In remembrance of those who served

Sunshine, lofting clouds and windy weather greeted visitors who came to the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire Monday (May 29). As always, the experience was humbling.

The 44th Army Band, whose roots can be traced back to the “New Mexico Volunteers” around 1590, is the “Musical Military Ambassador” to the State of New Mexico. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Sgt. Leroy Lucero of Los Lunas served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Members of the Northeast Ohio Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association rode a long way to participate in the Memorial day Ceremony. Left to right: Adam “Wolfman” Nelson, George “Ringo” Waseity, Mike “Bondo” Baranek, Carla Cavanagh, John “Riff Raff” Burns, Rodney “Papman” Kelley and Ken “Sea Dragon” Kapes. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Posting of Colors by American Legion New Mexico. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
New Mexico Air National Guard Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Kamphuis gives the invocation. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
A volunteer helps attendees out by delivering tissue. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Master of Ceremonies Kimberly Westphall (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Carlos Narvaiz, past commander of the VFW in Albuquerque. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Chuck Howe, President of both the David Westphall Veterans Foundation and the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Walter and Dorothy Westphall (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Col. Lt. Col. Brinn Colenda (U.S.A.F. Ret.) (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Col. M. Jay Mitchell (U.S.A.F. Ret.) is Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins) Mitchell, a fifth generation New Mexican, retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after more than 26 years of service. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Keynote speaker Col. Kenneth Cordier (U.S.A.F. Ret.) (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Richard “Dick” Dickerson shares the story behind the restoration of the Huey Helicopter Viking Surprise 64-13670. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Legacy Vets present an American Flag from our nation’s capital to Ryan Montelione of Tularosa, son of the late Bob Hagan, Army E.S. All Legacy Vets are activists & advocates for veteran’s rights and related issues. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
A 21 Gun Salute is presented by American Legion Post 112 out of Leupp, Arinzona. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Taps closes the ceremony. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The newly restored Huey (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
A Blackhawk Helicopter was on site for the ceremony. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
A large American flag flies atop the Angel Fire Fire Department’s ladder truck. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)