Vietnam War Monument

Vietnam Vets Memorial at New Mexico Veterans' Memorial ParkThis bronze monument depicts a soldier saying goodbye to his buddy. The Field Cross is made using a helmet, a rifle and a pair of boots and is stark reminder of the loss of his friend. The artist is George Salas, however, his real name is George Herman and he’s a Vietnam veteran. He takes his artist’s name from his mother’s maiden name.

This monument was dedicated 29 March 2010. The date is significant because it was on that day (29 March) in 1973 when all combat troops left Vietnam. This should not be confused, however, with the fall of Saigon which occurred 30 April 1975. That’s when all other Americans came out of Vietnam- included the CIA, Marine Corps Embassy Guards and medical personnel.

 

 

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